Symptoms of an allergy and what to do
Allergies seem increasingly common at the moment, and many people suffer from them. Food intolerances are on the rise as well.
It can be difficult to tell exactly what is causing your food intolerance, which can manifest itself in lots of ways. Most common is stomach problems, like a bloated belly as well as pain and difficulties when digesting.
Headaches, tiredness and general feelings of unwellness also feature.
An allergy is more serious, as they can be life threatening. An allergy has an immediate or nearly immediate effect – it can result in a rash or hives on the face or anywhere on the body, or swellings including the throat and tongue.
If your throat and tongue swell up because of an allergy it may be impossible to breathe, and you could die.
Take allergies seriously
Treatment for an allergy is to take an anti-histamine. These are cheap and available over the counter. If your breathing seems affected, go to hospital straight away. Your doctor can arrange an allergy test for you, and they will supply you with an adrenaline shot as well, which you can administer yourself at home.
A life threatening allergy is most commonly to nuts or peanuts. You can have a peanut allergy without having to avoid other nuts, since a peanut is actually a legume – more like a pea than a nut, in other words. But this doesn’t mean you’ll have an allergy to peas and beans, too. Experts speculate that a peanut allergy is due to the way that the peanuts are stored or processed, or to a kind of invisible mould that grows on them, not the nut itself.
However, whatever the reason, if you’ve been told you’ve got a peanut allergy, take it seriously and avoid them.
Avoid Your Triggers
You might also want to avoid anything that has been made in a factory that handles nuts. Most usually it will state this on the packet. Other common allergies and intolerances can include cow’s milk, soya milk, wheat, different fruits and vegetables, rice, potatoes, and gluten.
Ways of diagnosing allergies and intolerances include a blood test or skin patch test, or you can try the elimination diet, where you don’t eat the suspect article for a few weeks and see if you feel better.
You can also get allergies to medications, including antibiotics.
See a Solicitor
If you suspect an allergy but you find that your doctor or the hospital you go to does not take it seriously, or does not react in time, with serious consequences, you can call the Broxburn no win no fee team.
The Broxburn no win no fee solicitors can advice you on how to get compensation for any time off work due to an allergy.
You can get hold of the Broxburn no win no fee team on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile 0333 500 0993.