Allergy is a very common occurrence amongst people across the world, and more so during the summer months. It is medically described as a malfunction of the human immune system that causes a violent reaction against normally harmless substances present around us.

Substances that cause this irritation to the immune system are generally referred to as allergens. Usually, the reactions to allergens appears in the form of an inflammation which then leads to a variety of symptoms such as hay fever, eczema, asthma and other conditions referred to as allergies.

Substances most commonly known that react to a person's immune system are: medicines, insect bites, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, certain kinds of food etc. Medical science has proved that allergic reactions have their roots in the environment and a person's genes.

Here is a list of the most common varieties of allergy and 10 simple tips to fight them:

  1. During the pollen season, refrain from using attic fans. The fans suck pollen in the house and can cause allergies.

  2. If you're allergic to dust mites cover your bedding and mattresses in allergy resistant plastic covers. Dust often settles in carpets. Try and use the new allergy care carpet treatment.

  3. Bathrooms and basements are usual breeding grounds for fungus. Use fungicides like bleaches. Use a solution of 3/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water, let stand 5 minutes and rinse.

  4. After body shave certain antiperspirants containing Aluminum chloride, aluminum sulfate and zirconium chloro-hydrate can cause dermatitis. Try and look for antiperspirants that have anti- irritants like allantoinate, zinc oxide, magnesium oxide, aluminum hydroxide, or triethanolamine.

  5. If you have allergies and they are irritating the eyes. Try and use cold compression for 15-20 minutes. Wet a washcloth with cold water and place over your eyes.

  6. People suffering from dandruff may be allergic to the dyes. They should first do a patch test and if that doesn't harm them in any way they should go further with dying.

  7. Decongestants raise blood pressure and can lead to heart attack or stroke, hence ask the doctor for decongestants that do not harm the blood pressure.

  8. Keep the humidity levels in your home below 45 %. They are breeding grounds for many allergic agents.

  9. Wear a face mask when doing chores that are most likely to expose you to allergens like vacuuming and gardening.

  10. People allergic to nuts should be careful of what they eat. Artificial nuts can be peanuts that have been deflavored and reflavored with a nut, such as pecan or walnut. Mandelonas are peanuts soaked in almond flavoring.