The agony that allergies can cause is something with which untold numbers of people are familiar with. The truth is, however, that there are solutions available for those who seek them. Start using the ideas and tips in this piece, and you will have the tools necessary to conquer allergies, once and for all.
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.
When doing chores that could bother your allergies, wear a face mask. This may include dusting, vacuuming and lawn work. Sure, a face mask may not be very attractive, but it will prevent dusts and other particles from triggering your allergy symptoms. Face masks can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Whenever possible, choose tile, linoleum, or hardwood floors over carpeting. Even with regular vacuuming, carpet traps dust, pollen, pet dander, and many other common allergens. Solid floor types are easier to keep clean and allergen-free. If you prefer the soft feeling of carpet, rugs can be used. Area rugs trap less irritants, are easier to keep clean, and less expensive to replace.
If you want a cat or dog, but are allergic, find a pet with short fur. Although all animals can bother an allergy sufferer, one with long hair can make the problem much worse. Also, try to minimize your pet’s effect on your allergies. Don’t allow them on your bed as you sleep.
If you are exercising outside during allergy season, and you are having trouble breathing, you should consider lightening your outdoor workout. Try running less, or not as hard so it is easier for you to breathe. Exercise is very important so keep it up!
Pay close attention to what times of day your allergy symptoms occur. Pollen is at its peak during the hours between 5am and 10am, so it is wise to avoid the outdoors during these hours. If you have no choice but to go out during those hours, don’t undertake strenuous activity and don’t stay out for too long.
If you plan to spend time outdoors on windy days, you may find yourself worrying about the effects of pollen on your eyes. One way to protect your eyes is by, donning an oversized pair of sunglasses. Bold wraparound styles are ideal, anything is better than facing airborne allergens head-on.
If you are extremely sensitive to weed pollens, there is a good chance that you may also be sensitive to certain foods. Consuming melons, bananas and chamomile may cross-react with weed pollens, resulting in a tingling, burning or scratchy feeling in the mouth and throat. Approach these foods with caution.
Just about everyone knows someone who deals with the annoyance of seasonal and other types of allergies. The impact is something that can be extremely disruptive, uncomfortable and frustrating. Keep the ideas from this article close at hand, and you will be able to successfully combat your allergies and share some great advice with others.