How to Cope with Allergies
Allergies are a year-round inconvenience most people suffer from. From pollen to food, one can only avoid enough things to still enjoy life.
In most cases, medication can ease allergy symptoms. But it’s always better to prevent the inconvenience of having to rush to the pharmacy from time to time. Allergy & Air shares some tips for coping with troublesome allergies.
Pollens and allergens are easily transported through the air. After a day outside, dust and other allergy contributing factors may cling to one’s clothes and hair. A person might inhale these pesky allergens if left on one’s body through the night.
It is important to clean and rinse out pollen that may have clung from the day. Doing so will ensure that none of the allergens will stick to the pillows and sheets and it will also give one a fresh start the next day.
Wear a Mask
In the Philippines where the air is filled with pollutants and allergens, many commuters and pedestrians would often find themselves wheezing and sneezing when they’re out. One of the most effective way in shielding oneself from allergies is by wearing a mask. This would help keep allergens out from one’s mouth and nose. In case of coughing and sneezing, the mask acts as a sanitary protection for other people near you.
Elliminate Dust Mites
Aside from the pollens, dust mites are one of the common factors contributing to allergies. Dust mites thrive in warm temperatures and don’t dwell long in cool weather. It is smart to keep one’s home humidity between 40 to 45 percent to maintain a dust mite-free home.
For beddings, wash and replace pillow and mattress encasements regularly.
The home should be a place of comfort and shelter from diseases. If one’s home is filled with allergens, it won’t be much of a safe place for its homeowners.
Pet dander, pollen, dust mites and other allergens not visible to the naked eye can easily hide in nooks and crannies. Doing one’s daily chores can help regulate the amount of allergens present at home. Some tasks that should be done to keep allergens from the house regularly are sweeping, dusting, vacuuming and doing the laundry.
For molds, bleaching should be done using a 5% bleach solution and sponge or brush in scrubbing off areas at home that are vulnerable to mold.
Control Pet Dander
Pets, as cute as they may be, can often cause some people’s immune system to overreact. One of the common allergens, pet dander, comes from an animal’s dead skin flakes, saliva or urine. If a pet owner is allergic to their furry friend, one can easily prevent dander by:
- Having someone else brush, groom and bathe their pet.
- Keeping pets out of furniture especially the bedroom.
- Having a non-allergic friend or family to brush through the dog or cat outside of the home premises.
Replace the Carpet
If none of the former tips have worked, maybe it’s time get rid of the old carpet. Consider switching out the allergen-gathering carpets with hardwood floors or tiles. Unlike carpet, tiles and wood won’t trap allergens and housekeeping will generally be made easier.
Allergens can come from anywhere. It is best to anticipate them to be able to counter them before symptoms appear. If however, allergy symptoms do not seem to disappear, one should consult a doctor for specific treatment.
For your allergy medication and consultation, visit LH Prime Medical Clinics and talk to our Doctors about your symptoms. Do not wait for your symptoms to be severe, have yourself checked today!