Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. People who suffer from allergies suffer from the following symptoms.
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny, itchy nose
- Breathing difficulties
Depending on the level of severity, seasonal allergies can prove to be a significant burden that can seriously limit your day-to-day activities and enjoyment. Use these 10 tips to help you manage and overcome your
10 Tips To Survive Allergies
1. Check the local pollen report
Your local pollen report can help you limit or
prevent the onset of allergy symptoms by helping
you understand when outdoor conditions might
not be favorable for you. A pollen report indicates
the number of grains of pollen in a cubic meter of
air in any given location. This estimate can serve
as a useful tool, just like a weather report, that can
help allergy sufferers avoid outdoor activities on
days when their symptoms are likely to be worse.
2. Keep your windows closed
Especially on days when there is a lot of pollen
in the air, make sure to keep the windows of your
home, office, and car closed. This simple measure
can make a world of difference and help you stay
comfortable indoors. As a general practice, it
can be helpful to make a practice of keeping the
windows closed during the time of year when
your seasonal allergies are at their worst.
3. Keep your pets clean
If your pets love playing outside, consider that
they may be making your allergy symptoms
worse by bringing outdoor allergens like pollen
into the house with them. If you have pets and
you notice your allergy symptoms flaring up while
you’re indoors, be sure to bathe your pets often.
4. Shower before bed
Just like our pets, we can also carry pollen back
inside with us after we’ve spent some time
outdoors. If you suffer from seasonal allergies,
you should be sure to change your clothes as
soon as you’re back inside. Showering before bed
is another recommended measure to help ensure
you don’t bring pollen into your bed at night.
5. Stay hydrated While it’s always important to drink plenty of
water, staying hydrated during allergy season
can help ease your allergy symptoms. That’s
because your body produces higher histamine
levels when it's dehydrated. Higher histamine
levels drive allergies, so being dehydrated could
make your allergy symptoms worse.
6. Consider taking vitamins
It’s been found that certain vitamins and
supplements can help decrease allergy
symptoms. These include vitamin D and Omega 3.
Consult your physician to find the right vitamins
and supplements for you. Dietary supplements
are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or
prevent any disease.
7. Avoid your feather duster Your home still needs to be dusted regularly
during allergy season! But you should avoid
using a feather duster or dry rag when you dust,
as these can do more harm than good by stirring
dust into the air. Instead, use a wet cloth or a wet
paper towel. These are more effective at picking
up dust, which is important for anyone suffering
from allergies—not only people who are allergic
to dust mites—since household dust contains
other allergens including pet dander and mold
8. Clean your washing machine
Your washing machine is prime real estate for
fungi and bacteria like E. coli. Unfortunately,
detergents help clean your clothes but they’re
ineffective at keeping your washing machine free
from these allergens. Everyone, but especially
people who suffer from allergies should keep
their washing machine clean by wiping the door,
rubber gasket and interior with diluted bleach
twice per month.
9. Choose the right houseplants If you suffer from allergies, you need to be smart
about the plants, you keep in your home and office.
Don’t worry; fake plants aren’t the only solution!
Some plants don’t set off allergy symptoms, and
others can even help remove irritating particles
from the air. But plants like bonsai, weeping figs
, and fern should be avoided.
10. Get your allergies tested
If you suffer from allergies and the steps above
don’t provide sufficient relief, you should consider
getting tested by a doctor. An allergy test can help
identify exactly what you’re allergic to and what
the right treatment is for you. A skin test is the most
common type of allergy test. If you have a rash or
take medication that may impact the results of a
skin test, a blood test may be preferred.