It’s that time of the year that most people dread. That’s right, it’s allergy season again. If you are one of the unlucky ones that live with allergies, then you know what is coming your way. Don’t worry, because this article contains advice that can help you face allergy season with a brave face.
If you are one of the millions who suffer from allergies, you probably should change your air filters in your air conditioner every month. The manufacturers usually will say to change every three months, but if you have problem allergies, you should do it more often to ensure all allergens are trapped before being dispersed through your home.
If you want a cat or dog, but are allergic, find a pet with short fur. Certain types of fur or hair can be less or more problematic for allergy sufferers. Prevent your pet from worsening your allergies by providing its own bed rather than letting it sleep with you.
There are many allergy and antihistamine products available that you can purchase without a prescription. You have to remember that not everyone achieve the relief that they are seeking from these products. Ask the doctor if you can have a sample pack; otherwise, buy the smallest package you can. This will give you an idea of whether or not the product will work for you. If it doesn’t, you have not invested a lot of money.
While face masks may not be the most fashionable accessory available, wearing one outdoors on high pollen count days can spare you some of the discomfort of allergy symptoms. Masks are extremely cheap and can be purchased from home improvement centers or medical supply stores. Alternately, cover your nose and mouth with a bandana.
It is common for allergy sufferers to hear that they should sleep with a humidifier running in order to keep airways moist. This might not be a great way to do this because the humidifier can get the carpet wet which causes a musty smell. Use simple nose sprays containing salt water to keep the inside of your noise moist before you go to bed.
In the first few months of their lives, household pets like dogs and cats generally have little to no dander. As they get older, shedding and dander problems become more pronounced. Because the animal has lived in the house up to that point, owners may be reluctant to believe their beloved pet is the cause of the sudden onset of allergic symptoms. An allergy test can help to identify the true culprit.
If your child is allergic to insect bites and stings, it makes it difficult to participate in outdoor sports and activities. Ask a pediatrician about immunotherapy, an in-office treatment, in which insect venom is introduced to your child’s system in increasing amounts. This desensitizes the immune system to stings and gives your child the freedom to join in the outdoor fun.
If your child is allergic to peanuts, it is vital to keep his or her school informed of this. Talk to the principal and all teachers to make sure they are aware of the allergy. Also, have them keep a note on file to cover all the bases. Many foods contain “hidden” peanut oils or peanut products. Even some cookies and crackers contain peanut product, so be diligent, for your child’s sake.
Drink more water. Water thins secretions, so those people with allergies can experience a sense of relief by increasing the amount of water they take in every day. Most people don’t drink as much water as they should, but allergy sufferers should make every effort to drink the recommended, eight to ten glasses a day.
Avoid getting any pets. Pet dander and hair can trigger allergic reactions. If you have a pet, you should brush them at least one time a week to remove any excess hair or dander. You should brush them outside to avoid causing any buildup of dander or hair in your home.
If you’re allergic to dust, make sure to make your house uncomfortable for dust mites. Make sure that your surfaces are always clean, and get rid of unnecessary tchotchkes that you may have around the house that collect dust. Wipe down surfaces with water, or cleaners instead of using a duster. These can just kick up dirt, and cause an allergy attack.
Try to figure out what may be causing you to react every time. If you notice that when you are around animals that you start to have an allergic reaction, then try to stay far from any animal for a few days and see if all of your symptoms go away.
Buy an air purifier for your home. These come equipped with HEPA filters that will remove allergens from the air before they ever reach your nose. They will eliminate pet dander or other irritants from the air. You will need to consider the size of the room before you buy one.
If you do not have to be outside when the humidity or the pollen count is supposed to be high, you should avoid it. You should also try to avoid the days when it is excessively windy because it is likely that pollen and dust will be blowing around on those days.
Allergy season may be upon us, but we don’t have to live in fear of it ever again. This article contains enough advice that should help even the worst allergy sufferer make it through allergy season for years to come. Just remember it, and use it before things get out of control.