A good percentage of our population suffers from some kind of allergy. These allergies can result from items or substances coming in contact with skin, particles being taken into the airway, and foods being eaten. If you happen to suffer from an allergy and would like more information that can help you, then keep reading.
If you have a child with allergies, look around his or her room. Are there an abundance of stuffed animals? These seemingly harmless snuggle toys are a safe harbor for dust mites and other allergens. If your child must sleep with one, try taking it away after he or she falls asleep.
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.
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.
You really should not be engaging in yard work if you have allergies. No matter how much it is needed, or you may enjoy it. Mowing, raking and pruning will expose you to a ton of allergens. Trade off those tasks with another family member, roommate, or friend who can help you to avoid working too much in the yard.
People can be affected by allergies at any age. Many Baby Boomers grew up without access to allergy tests, and other medical resources. They have lived with allergic symptoms for decades. Allergic reactions often manifest differently in seniors than in young people. For example, older adults may experience itching, and mild swelling, but not localized redness. As a result, many assume that the cause of discomfort is something other than allergies. An allergy test can help seniors to identify allergens, and live their golden years to the fullest.
Are you aware of the fact that your body itself may actually cause allergic episodes? Believe it or not, it’s true! Over the course of the day, your hair, skin and clothing may become covered in pollen, mold, dust and other allergens. At the end of the day, especially as you get into bed, these substances can wreak havoc on your airways. Shower or put on clean clothing before you lay your head down to rest.
Determine why you itch. Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether the itchy, raised welts on your skin are hives or just insect bites. If the bumps appear all over your body, they are probably hives. Insect bites, on the other hand, appear in clusters and on the arms on legs. Topical products are ideal for either ailment; oral anti-histamine is recommended to treat allergies, but is not necessary for insect bites.
As stated before, allergies result from different things, such as what we touch, breathe, or even eat. Anyone who has ever suffered from an allergy knows how bad it can get. The information that you’ve read should shed some light on ways to combat any allergies that you are suffering from.