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.
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 are prescribed allergy medication, take it regularly. Prescription allergy medication often works differently than the standard over-the-counter remedy. While OTC allergy medications are taken as needed, many prescription allergy drugs work by maintaining a constant level of the medication in your system. This means that you need to take your pill every day, preferably at the same time of day.
After years of dealing with the itchiness of allergic skin and eczema, constant scratching becomes a tough habit to break–even after allergy therapy. This can cause further damage to the skin, so you should cover the area with a thick protectant like Vaseline or vitamin E oil under an elastic bandage. This allows your skin to heal and can help you to break the cycle.
When you are under assault from pollen and mold, few things are more intimidating than the idea of mowing your lawn. To reduce the number of spores, and allergens stirred up by your lawnmower. Use a water hose to slightly dampen grass beforehand. You may end up working harder to get the job done, but almost anything is better than an attack of allergy symptoms.
If you experience your allergy symptoms like clockwork, watch that clock. 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 to go out, do not do too much and make it fast.
Instead of treating your child’s allergy symptoms only as they occur, discuss preventive measures with a pediatrician. Studies have shown that allergy medications are most effective when taken routinely throughout the year, not just during allergy season. A physician can determine whether or not this approach is appropriate for your child.
Most people who are allergic to animal dander assume that dogs, and cats are the only pets that can cause problems in the home. With the exception of fish, reptiles, and amphibians, dander is universal among popular household critters. Ferrets, hamsters, mice, and birds are as likely to trigger an allergic reaction. Keep this in mind as you shop for your next pet.
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.