Having a food allergy used to mean dining out was limited to carrying your
plate from the kitchen to the porch or, at best, eating at the home of a close
friend or relative who could guarantee your food offenders were nowhere in
Today, however, eating out is a lot easier -- and safer -- for the 2 million
Americans who suffer with a mild, moderate, or even a severe food
allergy. One reason: Restaurants are more aware and more prepared.
"The awareness of food allergies has definitely...
Stuffy or runny nose; sneezing; itchy eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or throat; and cough.
Symptoms only at certain times of the year. Your allergies tend to get worse in spring, summer, and fall, when pollen is in the air. If your symptoms last all year, you may have indoor allergies to things like pet dander and dust mites.
Seeing a Doctor
Many people can keep symptoms in check with over-the-counter medications like antihistamines and decongestants. If your symptoms are keeping you from enjoying your life, it's time to see an allergist.
The allergist can do tests to find out what kind of pollen you're allergic to and together you can decide on a treatment plan. It may include medication and or even allergy shots.
Knowing what triggers your allergies can also help you reduce symptoms. Pay attention to pollen counts and stay inside on high-pollen days.