What is an Allergy?
Following is the definition of Allergy according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
So, an allergy occurs when our body detects foreign substances which it doesn’t like. And, we start experiencing different symptoms like dripping, itchy and runny eyes, burning sensation in the lungs, etc. Mostly allergy is caused by contact, food or inhalant allergies. In this article, our main focus will be on inhalant allergies, which also happen to be the most common form of allergy. Inhalant allergies are the ones that we experience from the air we inhale. Mostly there are 4 culprits which cause inhalant allergies – pollen, house dust, pet dander, and mold.
What to Do
Many things which will cause inhalant allergies are unavoidable, unlike food allergies, there will always be some extent of exposure no matter how hard we try. So, I have listed some precautions that can be taken to lessen the symptoms or helps reduce the contact to inhalant allergies. These are some of the precautions that can be taken to decrease the risk as well as the effect of allergies.
Get Allergy Shots
You can always go to your doctor for allergy shots which will ease your outdoor visits during the pollen season.
Take Over the Counter Medicines
Over the counter medications available from local druggist can help soothe drippy noses and red and itchy eyes.
Air Condition Your Home & Car
Air conditioning is a must to alleviate pollen problems as well as molds and dust. Air conditioning your home lowers humidity and filters air in the process of cooling as well. Lowered humidity lessens mites and molds. Air conditioning your automobile is also a must even if you don’t like to. Do not leave the windows open as the environment inside will be the same as the outside environment, which means more pollen ready to attack.
Get a Dehumidifier
Yes!! Like winter calls for a humidifier, allergy season calls for a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier keeps the air dry and clean which will bring relief from pollen as well as other sources of inhalant allergy sources.
Install Air Purifier
Air purifiers can clean the air and remove unwanted particles from the air. It is best to install an air purifier in the entire home than to buy a portable one.
House Cleaning Options
If you are allergic to dust or pet dander, house cleaning services might be your best bet. Get your house cleaned by other people. If you have to clean your house or prefer cleaning house by yourself, use face mask which covers mouth and nose. This will help lower the risk of dust, pollen reaching your lungs fast.
Replace Carpets with Rugs
Both rugs and carpets can hold pollen, dust, pet dander and molds. But there is a major difference between them. You can easily get rid of rugs and get a new one, unlike carpets. Besides this, they are also very tightly knit making them capable of holding more dust, pet dander, molds. Rugs can be easily moved and cleaned in temperature hot enough to get rid of dust, mold, etc. While it is not possible to clean the carpet in the temperature which gets rid of dust, mites, etc.
Wash Bedding Frequently
Wash bedding once a week in hot, soapy water to get rid of pollen, molds, etc. As bedding can hold the molds and dust tightly, it is better to get rid of them by cleaning the bedding frequently.
Minimize Outdoor Activities
If you have pollen allergy lessen your outdoor activities when the pollen count is high. If you have pets spending a lot of time outdoors during pollen season, decrease contact with the pets. Don’t forget to use sunglasses and a hat if you have to be outdoors.
Other Things to Note
Molds can easily form in damp spaces. Use an exhaust fan while cooking as well as taking a shower. Try to remove any damp carpets etc. from the bathroom area. Don’t leave damp clothes around. Clean the washing machines properly and keep the door open when not in use.
Here are some products you can consider buying for allergy relief:
Disclaimer: We do not provide any medical help. The statement provided here is only for informational purposes. Please see your doctor if you have any specific questions regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Allergies. I hope the information provided here is helpful to you.
Barone, Don, and Debora Tkac. The Doctors Books of Home Remedies: Thousands of Tips and Techniques Anyone Can Use to Heal Everyday Health Problems. Rodale Health Books, 2001.
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