Have you recently been accepted into your favourite University to begin your studies? If so, congratulations! But don’t let an allergy or intolerance stop you from moving with ease. Moving away from home with allergies and intolerances can be rather daunting as nobody will be aware of what you are suffering from and how to safely deal with this to avoid a worst-case scenario happening. An at-home allergy test could be all you need to help make the move simpler.
Ten Tips for Moving Away to University
If allergies and/or intolerances are a factor in your life and you’re about to move away from home for the first time, then it’s worth considering how you’ll handle these in your new surroundings. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:
- If you have a serious allergy and carry an epinephrine auto-injector, make sure you have it packed and maybe tell your new housemates where you keep it.
- Again in the case of a serious allergy wear a bracelet or ID card just in case.
- If you’re going to be doing lots of partying in fresher’s week and beyond, just be aware that alcohol and dehydration can heighten allergic symptoms, so alongside your chosen tipple keep the water going in too.
- If you’re a hay fever sufferer be aware that a new environment could mean exposure to different pollens and a change in symptoms. This may be a good time to take an allergy test.
- Again, if you have allergies be aware of house dust mites and moulds in your new digs, it might be worth buying a new mattress or giving your bathroom an extra scrub.
- Sign up at the local doctor’s surgery, to make sure you can get asthma, anti-histamine or epinephrine repeat prescriptions should you need them.
- If you don’t cook for yourself already and are wondering how you’re going to cope, consider getting your mum or dad to write down some recipes for you before you go away.
- Group cooking can be lots of fun with housemates. If you have eliminated certain foods maybe make suggestions for alternatives you can eat or offer to do a meal for everyone so they can try something different.
- At the same time as having lots of fun, try to be kind to your body also by choosing some nutrient-rich foods to enjoy each day.
- If you don’t think you’ll eat fruit and vegetables or will eat far less there are some excellent fruit and vegetable powders available now. These are added to water and taken daily.
Take note of the above when trying to make the move to University as smooth as possible while suffering from allergies and intolerances. From as little as £68.99, you can identify your allergies and intolerances with the help of an at-home Lifelab Testing allergy test or intolerance test.