Although allergies are fairly common, sometimes reactions can be dangerous or fatal when they go untreated. It’s important that everyone get tested for allergies so they can avoid triggers and treat symptoms effectively. Read this article for more tips on how to deal with allergic symptoms, instead of letting them run your life!
If you must work, drive or otherwise function all day, stay away from allergy medications that induce drowsiness. A number of less-drowsy formulas are available now, such as loratadine. These medications provide a safer way to control your symptoms on the days that you cannot nap in the middle of the afternoon.
Monitor pollen forecasts and plan accordingly. If you have access to the internet, many of the popular weather forecasting sites have a section dedicated to allergy forecasts including both air quality and pollen counts. On days when the count is going to be high, keep your windows closed and limit your time outdoors.
Dry your clothes indoors. While hanging clothes outdoors to dry is good for the environment, it is not so good, if you suffer from allergies. Laundry that is hanging outside acts as an efficient pollen catcher, ensuring that the next time you wear those clean clothes, you will be reaching for the antihistamines.
To keep pollen at bay you should wash your bedding every few days, pollen can gather on you and your clothing from outside and be brought inside. If it gets on your sheets and bedding, it can cause an allergic reaction overnight, and you will get less sleep than usual.
Even when people try to avoid the things that cause their allergic reactions, they might not be aware of conditions in their environment that can worsen their symptoms. Smoking, aerosol sprays, pollution, fumes, and humidity all can cause increases in the symptoms for people who suffer from allergies and should be monitored.
Avoid line-drying your clothing, or linens if you suffer from allergies, especially during the spring. While the smell and feel of fresh, line-dried laundry can be a treat. It can also make you miserable when you bring in pollen from outdoors. Use the clothes dryer when pollen levels are at their peak.
During certain times of year, people who suffer from allergies have reactions to things in their environment. If you are having symptoms that you think are related to allergens in your environment, consult your physician to try to identify the culprit. Taking over the counter remedies may work to some extent, but you are better off seeing a doctor to advise you on your condition.
Before you commit to allergy injections, understand that having these shots will not eliminate the allergy itself. Actually, these injections increase your body’s threshold. As a result, you can tolerate greater exposure to the allergen before you start to experience discomfort or an allergic reaction. A realistic idea of the results can help you to make the decision whether or not the procedure is worth it.
Allergies, often, have the miserable symptoms of a cold, without the eventual relief after the bug passes. Knowing the options that you have for dealing with symptoms can make living with allergies much more bearable. Remember the tips in this article, and you can go into public without getting dirty looks because of your sneezing!