Tips On How To Deal With Allergies
Do your allergy symptoms dictate what you can and can not do during certain seasons of the year? Well, the good news is they do not have to. There are many different options that you have when it comes to allergies and their effects on your life. Read the following article to find out what you can do to avoid allergiy's symptoms. If you have a child with allergies, look around his or her room. Are 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. Wherever possible, try not to use carpets or large area rugs in your house. Carpet never becomes completely clean, and dust, mites, dander and pollen cling to the fibers.
Flooring that can be swept and easily mopped is best for allergy sufferers. Check the pollen levels for the area. During allergy season, these are usually broadcast on the local news for the day. Make sure you watch the weather so you know how bad your allergies might be for the day, or if you should pack some allergy medicine with you for the day. If you find yourself experiencing allergic symptoms around the family dog and cat, you may be tempted to blame the animal for your discomfort. You may be correct, but there is also a possibility that you are allergic to pet-borne pollen. If your pet spends time outdoors in vegetation-heavy areas, it may be picking up allergens and bringing them into the house. An allergy test can confirm or refute your suspicions. If you suffer from food allergies, do not be afraid to ask about ingredients at gatherings or carry-ins.
Most people will not mind telling you what is in a dish, and you can avoid potentially harmful reactions. If you are concerned about having enough to eat, prepare a dish to share that you know is safe for you to eat. When looking at your local weather forecast, if you see that pollen is going to be high, take your allergy medication in advance. Why wait until pollen gets too bad to take your medication? Instead, take it in advance, so that you do not have to suffer when going outdoors for the day. If you are going outdoors when allergy season is in full force, wear sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent pollen, and other allergy triggers from getting in your eyes. About one hour before heading outdoors, put eye drops in your eyes. This will prevent your eyes from getting red when you are outdoors. If you like to go running, but you suffer from allergies, avoid windy days and go for your run later in the day.
Wind tends to cause pollen to fly around. Also, the later hours of the day are when pollen is not as high, as other times of the day. Always keep the bathroom clean. Bathrooms grow mold more than anywhere else, so clean your bathroom once a week. Mix together bleach and water and this will eradicate the mold. This can prevent more mold growth after a period of time, which can exacerbate allergies. While driving to school or work during a peak allergy season, set your vehicle's air-conditioning unit to "recirculate." This setting cleans and cools the air without drawing in pollen or spores from outside. Whenever you take your car in for an oil change, ask the mechanic to replace your air filter as well. If at all possible, never open your windows during hours in which pollen count is at its highest.
Fresh air is great for your home, but when the pollen count is high, don't open windows. This is usually between 10am and 3pm. When you know when levels are highest, you can then wait to open windows after those peak periods. If you enjoy smelling clean laundry, use fabric softener or detergent with a light fragrance. Leaving your wet clothes outside can give them a nice aroma. It could also increase the risk of coming into contact with pollen, or spores. This should only be used by those who don't have a sensitivity to fragrances and dyes. For food allergies, be aware of how severe the allergies are for those who suffer from it.
Some kinds of food allergies can be so severe that even airborne particles of certain foods can trigger the allergies. Other food allergies can be so mild that the food can be stored in the house for others to enjoy without the allergy sufferer becoming affected. Dust your home at least once a week. This will help get rid of allergens in your home. Be sure to wash all of your rugs in hot water. If you can't wash them, have them dry cleaned. This will eliminate the dust mites and mold that collects on them. Purchasing a free-standing HEPA filter system can drastically reduce the amount of pet dander and other allergens in your home.
For best results, clean the filter regularly and position the unit centrally within your home. This will effectively remove irritating substances more than the average air-conditioning unit. It may also save on your cooling costs. When you are traveling by car, try your best to keep the windows closed at all times during allergy season. On nice days, many people roll down their car windows to enjoy the weather, but you should avoid doing that and turn on the air conditioner if you need to feel a breeze. Be sure that you are drinking enough fluids (preferable water) when your allergies are flaring up. Fluids help flush out mucus from allergy symptoms while also keeping you hydrated. However, too much water can also flush out minerals your body needs, so be sure to take a multivitamin as well. As you can see, you no longer have to live a life plagued by allergy symptoms.
There are many options at your disposal, when allergies are bringing you down. Try some, or all of the suggestions presented in this article and you can live a life free of allergies and their annoying symptoms.