Do you have seasonal allergies? Has it become so awful that you dread dealing with those allergies when they are their worst? If so, then the following article will be of use to you, since it can help you get through allergy season. Keep reading to find out how you can better deal with allergies.
If you have a child with allergies, look around his or her room. Is there an abundance of stuffed animals? These seemingly harmless snuggle toys are a safe harbor for dust mites and other allergens. If your child must sleep with one, try taking it away after he or she falls asleep.
Wash Sheets Frequently
Change your bedding frequently, and wash using hot water. Pollen, dust, and other allergens can stick to your clothing and hair and can get deposited on your bedding. Sheets and pillowcases may appear clean but can harbor irritants that will affect you while you sleep. These allergens easily wash away when the items are cleaned in hot water.
If you are allergic to pollen, and you need to control how much of it is in your home, you should change your bedding weekly. When you wash it, you should wash it in hot water to help remove the pollen. You should also take a shower before bed so that you can wash away the pollen that accumulates in your hair during the day.
If you suffer from allergies, it is important to keep your home clean and vacuumed to remove allergens from carpets and floors. But, did you know that your vacuum not only sucks up allergens, but it also blows some of them right back out! Let someone without allergies do the vacuuming, or at least wear a dust mask if you have to do it yourself.
Do not use wet methods of cleaning your carpeting or rugs. This can actually increase the number of dust mites it harbors, and it increases the likelihood of mildew growth. Stick to dry cleaning methods, instead, if at all possible. The best way to reduce allergens is to ditch the carpeting altogether.
Protect Your Bathroom
Mold is one of the most common allergens, and the bathroom is the room most prone to growing it. This is due to the moisture from showers and bathtubs. To keep mold to a minimum, always turn on the bathroom fan. Try painting with mold-resistant paint that, can be found anywhere that sells paint.
Keep Pets Off The Furniture
If you have to have a pet make sure they do not have a lot of furs. You can find a dog or cat that doesn't shed all over the place to reduce the chances of you having a bad allergic reaction. To minimize allergic reactions to pets, forbid them from getting on the furniture or in your bed.
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.
Don't Overuse Decongestants
If you rely heavily on nasal decongestants to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, you may be at risk for experiencing a rebound effect. When this happens, you may experience additional swelling and irritation. If you become hooked on these drugs, you should make an effort to avoid using them for a period of 72 hours at a time. During this time, switch to an antihistamine to reduce swelling caused by withdrawal.
Shower Right Before Bed
Shower, and wash your hair before going to bed every night. Believe it or not, pollen can collect in your hair and on your body. Causing allergies to worsen overnight. Be sure to wash your body, and hair thoroughly before going to bed. This can be a prevention for this happening.
A great thing to do when you have bronchial allergies is to make sure you are always hydrated. Your mucosal membranes can become irritated if you aren't getting enough water. Dehydration can affect your bronchial tubes since it makes the mucous membranes create secretions that are hard to break-up.
Try a Hypoallergenic Deodorant
Make sure you pick out an antiperspirant carefully. Oftentimes, they contain ingredients that can be very bad for your skin and these tend to break you out after shaving, when they make their way into your pores, or even before you shave. Using products that contain these ingredients may wreak havoc on your skin.
Take The Trash Out Immediately
Don't keep household garbage inside. If you store your trash within your house, you may invite rodents and insects into your living area. Mice droppings can make allergy symptoms worsen. If you can't get rid of the rodents, consider trapping them. If that's not effective, you may have to use poison.
Get a Dehumidifier
Buy a dehumidifier for your basement. If you have a damp basement, this can be a breeding ground for mold. You can avoid mold build-up, which triggers allergies, by putting a dehumidifier in your basement. You may want to buy a humidity gauge, to figure out the type of dehumidifier you need.
Hygiene on Steroids
If you have a pollen allergy, wash your hair, laundry, and your clothing as regularly as you can. Hair, bedding, and clothes can hold pollen in them, so you will be sneezing and itchy all day, until you change your clothes or wash your hair. Set a schedule during allergy season to make sure you wash often.
Use a Decongestant and Antihistamine Together
To relieve red, irritated, itchy eyes, use a combination of a decongestant and an antihistamine. The decongestant will help to thin any mucus secretions, while the antihistamine will help improve the allergic reaction. Use these in combination with allergy eye drops and cold compresses to relieve even the itchiest irritated eyes.
If you have allergies, then you probably abhor allergy season, but there is hope that things can be better. Even though you just can't stop allergies, you can do certain things to decrease the discomfort you are feeling. Try the tips you have read about here and put them to use in your own life. You may find some quick allergy relief!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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