The intimate connection between allergic reactions and menopause is often one of the least evident menopause symptoms. During this transitional phase, hormones are intricately connected to the body's immune system, so when hormone levels fluctuate the immune system is affected correspondingly.
Allergies are the body's reaction to foreign substances that are typically harmless to most people. When a woman is allergic to something, the immune system mistakes it as a damaging substance and creates an antibody to protect itself. This chemical reaction sparks the physical traits we commonly associate with allergies: runny noses, sneezing, and rashes.
What Are the Most Common Allergies?
People can have reactions to almost anything, but some foods and external allergens are more commonly associated with allergic reactions. Some of the most common allergens include:
- Animal fur
- Foods (e,g; peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, shellfish, fish, wheat, and soy)
What Are Common Reactions?
Allergies affect every woman differently. Some may have severe allergic reactions to certain allergens, while others have very mild reactions. Some of the more common and noticeable effects include: red, itchy, and watery eyes.
- Itchy, runny nose
- Itchy, sore throat or cough
- Hay Fever
- Allergic shock
How to Manage and Prevent Allergies
Fortunately, there are a lot of treatments and tips available for helping to manage your allergies. It is suggested however, that women should talk to a medical practitioner for help with identifying the cause of their allergies and advice on determining the best way of treating them.
Ventilate your house and car
If the rooms in your house become damp, mold spores will start to grow. Instead of opening the window, it is better to use an air conditioning unit or fan so that allergies don't become aggravated by the pollen. Also, make sure that any leaks around the home are repaired to prevent excess moisture and mold.
Get an air filter
High efficiency air filters can help remove harmful substances from the air. Although, they are not a way to treat allergies, they may help alleviate any symptoms.
Control the amount of dust that settles
Don't just clean in the spring. De-clutter and clean thoroughly on a regular basis to prevent build up. Be sure to get hard to reach areas. Getting a barrier cover for your bed will help prevent dust mites. Additionally, all bedding should be washed weekly in 130 degree water.
Keep a clean house
Vacuum all areas of the house, and keep the main areas in the kitchen clear. Make sure you always clean up after preparing food. Try to keep any waste, or recycling outside of the house.
Consider possible allergies to pets and plants
Sometimes people can find themselves allergic to certain animals and plants. Furthermore, there are over 17 different species of ragweed in the United States, so avoiding pollen from specific plants can significantly help relieve symptoms.
If you can't bear to part with your pet, then ensure you wash and brush them regularly and keep them out of the rooms where you spend the most time.
More about Avoiding Allergies
Allergies are very common, but they can be easily treated and prevented. Consulting your doctor and following some of these easy housekeeping rules will help you manage your allergies. Follow this link for more information about avoiding allergies in menopause.