You have probably had an experience like this before. Sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes. You can experience these symptoms only during certain seasons. This is the description of a person with allergies. You can handle these annoying symptoms using these tips.
Wherever possible, try not to use carpets or large area rugs in your house. Carpet is not easy to clean and impossible to clean completely. The fibers of the carpet hold onto dust, pollen, mites, dander, and other allergens. Make use of flooring that can be mopped or swept clean instead.
Check to see that your restroom is ventilated properly to reduce the risk of mildew and mold. Such allergens proliferate in warm, wet areas. Wet towels should be hung up, and a fan should be turned on after showering. If your bathroom does not contain a fan, open a window to let cold air in.
If you’re planning outdoor exercise during high-pollen season, do it either early in the day or late at night. Studies have shown pollen counts are lowest during these times.
Because everyone is different, there are myriad allergy relief products available from doctors and pharmacists. Ask the doctor if you can have a sample pack; otherwise, buy the smallest package you can. If this product doesn’t help your allergies, then you can easily get another without having to spend a great deal of money.
Consult with your doctor if all of your OTC and home remedy efforts have failed. They’ll be able to recommend medication that will help you get your allergies under control, and make your symptoms more manageable. A doctor can also tell you other steps to take to handle your allergies.
Always remember to pack your allergy medications when you travel. You never know what kinds of new plants, pollen or other allergy triggers you may encounter. Depending on what you’re allergic to, the types of medications you bring may differ. Some Benadryl is okay for minor reactions, but having an Epi-pen may be required for more severe allergies. This product can reduce the severity of an attack and give you enough time to seek further medical attention.
When you choose pillows, be sure to choose a synthetic material because many natural materials (especially feathers) can cause allergies. Dust mites will more readily find their homes in these pillows. Even though you should wash them to get rid of allergens, they are better for sleeping on.
Consider using fabric softener to mimic the scent of clean, sun-dried laundry. Drying your clothes outside may give your clothes a scent that you love. However, it could put your clothes in direct contact with mold spores or pollen. Of course, this won’t work if you’re allergic to dyes and fragrances.
When you’re long overdue for a vacation, you may be tempted to pick a location at random and get out of town. If someone you know suffers from allergies, especially someone close in your family, this might be a risky move. Instead, you should carry out detailed research into the weather conditions, any local allergens and pollen counts before you select a destination.
Vacuum daily if you have allergies. Vacuuming reduces the presence of allergens in the air. Check your vacuum. Older vacuums are not made to contain microscopic allergens, and could re-spread them into the air. Vacuums that are newer contain HEPA filters that trap virtually all the small allergens to prevent them from spreading through the air.
Mold in your home could be a cause of your allergies. One technique for reducing mold growth is to clean your refrigerator seals frequently. Water collects on the gaskets and mold can grow. Whenever you open or shut your door, mold spores are sure to travel through the air if routine cleanings are not done.
Avoid tobacco smoke and don’t let anybody smoke in your house or in your car, since that is an easy way to upset your allergies. If you smoke, try hard to quit. Wood burning fireplaces or stoves could also lead to irritants to your allergies.
Now that you know what you can do, do it. You do not need to deal with the continued sniffles and sneezes that come each and every year. You can breathe easily and live comfortably. Use these tips to fight your allergies.