How did I get allergies, and are they preventable?

By Edo Paz, MD
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January 4, 2021

The best way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid any known allergen(s) entirely. For example, if you have a food allergy, by cutting the allergen food out of your diet, you’ll have almost no risk of experiencing an allergic reaction. Of course, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid your allergen, like a pollen allergy in the spring. In these cases, the approach is to provide allergy relief, rather than prevent it altogether.

If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction, including prior episodes of  anaphylaxis, you may receive an epinephrine auto-injector (such as EpiPen or Auvi-Q). It’s also a good idea to wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace to inform medical personnel and others that you have a serious allergy. This can be life-saving if you are ever having a health emergency in which you’re not able to speak.

In all cases, prevention requires that you be mindful and aware of your surroundings, often going out of your way to monitor for the presence of your allergens.

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K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Edo Paz, MD

Edo Paz is the VP of Medical at K Health. Dr. Paz has two degrees in chemistry from Harvard and earned his medical degree from Columbia University. He did his medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at New York-Presbyterian. In addition to his work at K Health, Dr. Paz is a cardiologist at White Plains Hospital, part of the Montefiore Health System.