After successfully surviving this winter without getting cold or sniffling, I was feeling pretty good. After all, I write articles about staying healthy using good nutrition, and I’m a distributor for a company with some really great nutrition products. So I need to stay healthy and not get sick.
Then it happened! All of a sudden I started to feel a little sluggish, started sneezing and developed a runny nose. As someone who is generally not allergic to it, I am confused. I’ve never been around someone who had a cold. But while I was cleaning up for a friend who was hospitalized one afternoon and has been in rehab for a few months, I pulled out a lot of dust mixed with dust and cat hair that had been there for months. At first, I thought I was extra tired from doing a few long, hard days of physical work.
However, when sneezing and sniffing appeared, I began to examine it. What is this? do i have a cold Have I developed a new allergy that I never had before? So, I looked at common symptoms of colds and allergies. My conclusion was that I had most likely acquired a dust mite allergy that went away in a few days.
SYMPTOMS OF COLD
It usually takes between 3 and 14 days
Usually happens in winter
Sometimes people hurt
Often sore throat
Itchy, watery eyes are rare
Usually runny nose
SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGY
It can take days or months as long as you are exposed
It can occur at any time or be seasonal
Often itchy, watery eyes
Sometimes sore throat
Usually runny nose
The common cold is caused by a virus and is contagious. Allergy can be caused by many things, but it is not contagious. What really causes an allergic reaction is your own immune system. Due to exposure, allergies begin. Even if you have been there many times, this time for some reason the body is marking it as an invader. Meanwhile, the immune system studies the allergy and prepares for the next exposure by developing antibodies, which are special cells designed to protect it. This activates other cells called mast cells. Mast cells are responsible for allergy symptoms in the lungs, skin, nasal lining and intestinal tract.
There are several types of allergens:
Airborne allergens such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites and mold.
Certain foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, eggs, and milk.
Medicines, like penicillin.
Latex or anything else you touch.
Many people become victims of allergies from time to time. If you are one of these people, you may want to take a look at some natural ways to avoid this uncomfortable situation.
For starters, there may be certain foods you can avoid, such as dairy products and sugar. Otherwise, do not eat foods that cause mucus and congestion. There are also some foods that may be beneficial, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and flaxseed. You may need to drink more fluids, especially water.
There are also things you can do in your environment to help reduce the chance of getting allergies:
*Wash your bedding weekly to prevent dust mites
*Use non-toxic cleaning products
*Wear a mask when working in the yard, garden or in dusty environments.
* Clean your living environment.
*Clean or replace your carpet
* Get rid of the clutter that collects allergens
*Check your home for mold and pollen. Get a dehumidifier
* Wash your clothes after working outside
The above lists of dos and don’ts could probably go on and on. As with many problems in life that affect our health, the better you take care of yourself on a daily basis, the less you will have problems with other problems such as allergies. So, I think the standard advice applies here as well. Eat your vegetables, take your vitamins, exercise and get plenty of sleep.