Are there certain seasons of the year you despise because of allergies? Allergy symptoms are no fun for anyone. The good news is you don’t have to suffer the symptoms of the seasons. Read the following article to find out some options you have when it comes to dealing with allergies and the symptoms that come with them.
If you own pets, bathe them frequently when allergy season arrives. This is especially true for dog owners. Not only, are pets’ hair and dander irritants on their own, animal fur is a magnet for pollen floating in the air, allowing these particles to hitch a ride on your pet and invade your home.
If you have allergies, it is important that you keep the humidity in your home to a minimum. You can do this by setting up a dehumidifier in whichever rooms you are frequently in. One of the worse things for an allergy sufferer is humidity, so stay away from it as much as you can.
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 suffer from annoying allergies, don’t use a clothes line to dry your laundry. As nice as it is to have the natural scent of clothes dried outside by the wind and sun, you will also have an abundance of sneezes inducing pollens. So use an electric dryer whenever you can!
People can be allergic to different things at different times in their lives. Babies may be allergic to a number of types of foods when first introduced to them. As they get older, they get even more exposure to allergens and that can even develop into pollen allergies. Just because your child has not shown an allergic reaction to airborne particles before doesn’t mean she or he hasn’t developed a legitimate allergy.
If you rely heavily on nasal decongestants to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, you may be at risk for experiencing a rebound effect. When this happens, you may experience additional swelling and irritation. If you become hooked on these drugs, you should make an effort avoid using them for a period of 72 hours at a time. During this time, switch to an antihistamine to reduce swelling caused by withdrawal.
Many people experience dull, throbbing headaches as a symptom of their allergies but overlook the actual cause. Painkillers may offer some relief from the pain but do not address the underlying problem. Even though antihistamines are not considered pain relievers, taking one can treat the allergic reaction itself and therefore, eliminates the headache.
Hopefully now you have some hope when it comes to dealing with allergies and the symptoms associated with them. Try some or all of the suggestions presented here and you can find yourself looking forward to the changing of the seasons instead of dreading them. Say good-bye to allergies and enjoy yourself.