Have you ever wondered how whether or not you have any allergies at all and whether you can see what they might be with a home allergy testing kit? It’s that time of the year again where people’s allergies tend to make an appearance due to the pollen count increasing. Every year though it makes me think about how allergies affect us throughout our lifetime. They say that you can develop allergies at any age and every year I wonder if I am going to start suffering with hay fever (fingers crossed, I’ve always had sniffles and nothing else) but I have had reactions in the past and we change as we get older.
As a child I remember that we thought the goose feathers in my pillow used to make me wheezy but as the years went by, nothing ever came of it and I certainly never developed any other symptoms, neither was I diagnosed with asthma. Then a couple of years ago I developed hives around my neck when I’d just finished my dinner and couldn’t work out what might have been the culprit. Was it the pine nuts in the pesto or was it the new mango sorbet I’d bought to try that day? More recently, I tend to get a rash on my inner elbows, which seems to be random and without rhyme not rhythm – but I’m assuming that there is a cause to this somewhere.
It does make you realise that you suddenly become more reactive to certain things, but it might not always be clear to pinpoint what the culprit might be. It could be something in your diet that’s causing an issue or it could be something else within your environment such as dust or pet hairs that is triggering a reaction. This is when it’s useful to order a Klarify home allergy testing kit.
One useful way of trying to isolate what might be affecting you, is to keep a food diary so that you can refer back to it if you suddenly have a flare up of hives and similarly, jot down where you have been out to, that might mean you’ve been more exposed to allergens outdoors. By using a home allergy testing kit, it can help you narrow down some of the triggers for your allergies and help you manage them. You might even be surprised with what results may come back and there might be things that you are sensitive to that you would never has realised.
Sometimes it’s not always straight forward to get to the bottom of your allergies and it’s always recommended that you seek medical advice if you want an actual diagnosis. However, testing yourself at home can certainly be a great place to start if you’re already aware of certain triggers and you want to explore what else you might be more susceptible to. By using this method you’re basically finding out if you are sensitive to certain allergens, such as foods, pollen, mould spores, dust and pet dander – so it’s a good place to start when you want to really make a change and start to eliminate what might be causing you to react.
Nb. Collaborative post.