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.
In the interest of safety, you should always try new allergy medications while safe at home. Many of these products are notorious for causing a sudden onset of sleepiness or impairment. Even if no harsh warnings are listed on the product packaging, take the first few doses at a time when you can just lounge on the sofa and don’t have to get behind the wheel.
Except in extreme conditions, dust mites are almost impossible to avoid. They live in pillows and mattresses. Disgusting! A good solution to address dust mites is to use allergy bedding covers to completely enclose your mattress and pillows. Be sure to launder your bedding weekly in the hottest water possible so that dust mites are eradicated.
Think about taking the carpet out of your house. Pollen and dust tends to gather on carpets. If you have carpeting that is wall-to-wall, you may wish to switch to laminate, tile or wood floors. Changing to any of these materials can cause significant improvements in the cleanliness of the air in your home. If you can’t, vacuum every day.
You may have installed wood, laminate or tile flooring to reduce allergens in your home, but if you use throw rugs, they need to be laundered weekly in warm, soapy water to keep them free from dust, pollen and other allergy culprits. If they aren’t machine washable, have them dry-cleaned frequently. It will be worth the cost!
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.
Remain cognizant of the amount of stress in your life. Stress can have a dramatic impact on the body’s allergic reactions, although a lot of people are not aware of it. For people who have asthma, this is especially true. A rise in stress can increase the likelihood of an asthma attack or allergy outbreak. It is not a cure all for this condition, but it can help lower the frequency and duration of an attack.
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.
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!