What to avoid to help with allergies

 

Irritants (of the food kind)
You may develop food intolerances. Women’s Health UK identify hard-shelled nuts, dairy, wheat, soy or foods containing sulphites, (a preservative found in wine, cider, beer, soft drinks, dried fruits, fruit yogurts, fruit juices and jams) as possible triggers for rashes, tightening of the chest or in extreme cases, breathing difficulties.

Food additives can add up to a whole heap of allergic reactions from the mild to the severe, including respiratory problems. Cooking from scratch helps to avoid these tricky encounters.

Smoking
Cigarette smoke won’t cause asthma but could aggravate asthma symptoms.

Caffeine
Caffeine’s a diuretic, making you wee more. You can then become dehydrated making your skin dry and sensitive to irritants.

Alcohol
Sadly, menopause can make you more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.  The end of the day pick-me-up glass of wine, or refreshing gin and tonic, may cause migraines, blotches or nausea. The coughs, sneezes and wheezes, brought on by hormone fluctuations can be aggravated by alcohol. 

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