You may have had this happen to you before. Occasional sniffles, coughs and sneezes start cropping up. This often happens at the same general time each year. If all this sounds familiar, then it’s probably those dreaded allergies. These kinds of allergies can be annoying, but you can deal with them using the following tips.
If there is a choice in the matter, avoid having carpeting or large area rugs in your home. 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.
Dust mites are an unavoidable allergen. As you might expect from their name, you can find them burrowed deep in your pillows or mattress as they feast on skin cells that have been shed. Yuck! There are special “dust mite resistant” casings that you can purchase to cover pillows and mattresses to keep them out. The follow-up is weekly cleaning of your bedding with a very hot wash, since heat is a dust mite killer.
People’s tolerance to allergens changes as they age. One example of this principle is that babies are more likely to have food allergies because they have only recently been exposed to food proteins. As they grow older and are introduced to other types of foods they are not used to, they may develop allergies to some of those new foods. Do not discount the possibility of an allergic reaction in your child simply because there has never been a reaction to non-food allergens in the past.
If you are allergic to animals but have to have a pet, get one with short fur. All pets tend to upset allergies, but those that have long hair are worse to deal with. In order to cut down on the negative effect that your pet might have on you, do not let them sleep in your bed.
While tests can be performed that identify what you are allergic to, no one can predict how severe your reactions will be. For instance, a test can tell you that you have an allergy to a specific type of spore. However, that spore may only result in a mild reaction or you might not have a reaction at all.
If you plan to engage in outdoor activities during high pollen season, try to do so in the early morning or late evening hours. Not only is the weather usually better for you to exercise more effectively, but the pollen is also at its lowest levels.
Colorants are often allergens, so avoid any product containing them. Sometimes, even toilet tissue contains dye from patterns and color. Use products that are free from dyes of any sort. You may see a difference in your symptoms.
Don’t lose hope if every allergy treatment you have tried has not worked. There are other allergy medications available, other than oral medications. A few over-the-counter alternatives include eye drops and nasal sprays, and there are prescriptions such as leukotriene blockers available.
Don’t keep household garbage inside. Bugs and mice are attracted to garbage. Rodent droppings can worsen your allergy symptoms. If rodents are still present in your home after moving the trash outdoors, consider purchasing some traps. If a trap doesn’t work, you will probably have to purchase a powerful poison.
With these tips in hand, it’s time to begin your battle against seasonal allergies. You do not need to continually deal with the sneezing, sniffling, scratchy-throat symptoms that affect you each year during allergy season. You can relax and live comfortably. Use the tips listed in this article.