If you struggle with allergies, you know how unbearable your symptoms can often feel! Itchy, water eyes, a chronically runny nose, that feeling of not being able to breathe – allergies are no joke. They can significantly impede our ability to enjoy what it is that we’re doing.
Did you know that those whimsically named “dust bunnies” are really just jumbles of horrifying substances, including pet hair and dander, dust mites, and their feces and even insect parts? They are allergy attacks waiting to happen! Get rid of them on a daily basis, using a broom or vacuum.
Monitor pollen forecasts and plan accordingly. If you have access to the internet, many of the popular weather forecasting sites have a section dedicated to allergy forecasts including both air quality and pollen counts. On days when the count is going to be high, keep your windows closed and limit your time outdoors.
If you have allergies, it is important that you keep the humidity in your home to a minimum. You can do this by setting up a dehumidifier in whichever rooms you are frequently in. One of the worse things for an allergy sufferer is humidity, so stay away from it as much as you can.
Make an appointment with an allergist, he can tell you exactly what you are allergic to, and then you will be able to stay away from the things that are bothering you. Normally, they do these tests with a series of skin tests to see if you have a reaction.
Although you may try to avoid them, you will always have to deal with dust mites! As the name implies, mites love to burrow in your mattress and pillows, feasting on your discarded skin cells! Gross! To fend off these undesirables, hide your bedding in protective, zippered covers. Then, wash your bedding weekly in hot water, because hot water can kill dust mites.
There are a lot of antihistamines and allergy products on the market you can get without a prescription. Ask your physician for sample packs or buy the smallest size you can find. If one product doesn’t work, that doesn’t mean that none of them will.
Wash your pillowcases on a regular basis, if you suffer from allergies. Pillowcases tend to collect dust, pollen, and other allergens that could really affect you. Washing them and your other linens can prevent this from happening. If you can, try to purchase non-allergenic pillows cases, sheets and other bedding.
Instead of treating your child’s allergy symptoms only as they occur, discuss preventive measures with a pediatrician. Studies have shown that allergy medications are most effective when taken routinely throughout the year, not just during allergy season. A physician can determine whether or not this approach is appropriate for your child.
You do not have a choice about having allergies, but you DO have a choice as to how you manage your symptoms. Many people have found relief from various methods of dealing with their allergies, often in conjunction with each other. Resolve to take action against your symptoms today!