Are certain times of the year more enjoyable for you than others? It used to be that those who suffer from seasonal allergies had little recourse against their symptoms; staying indoors was one of the only things they could do to gain relief. Those days, however, are long over!
Reduce your stress level. Stress can be a very significant contributor to allergies, even prolonging the length of attacks far beyond normal. If you suffer from allergies, try to minimize the level of stress you experience or find ways to effectively channel it out of your day. Lowering stress will have a positive outcome on your nagging allergies.
To keep pollen at bay you should wash your bedding every few days, pollen can gather on you and your clothing from outside and be brought inside. If it gets on your sheets and bedding, it can cause an allergic reaction overnight, and you will get less sleep than usual.
While cleaning your home, avoid using feather dusters, which are notorious for stirring up all kinds of dust and allergens. Instead, gently wipe household surfaces with disposable dirt-grabbing cleaner or microfiber cloths. This ensures that you do not release clouds of dust, pet dander and other allergens into the air.
Avoid line-drying your clothing, or linens if you suffer from allergies, especially during the spring. While the smell and feel of fresh, line-dried laundry can be a treat. It can also make you miserable when you bring in pollen from outdoors. Use the clothes dryer when pollen levels are at their peak.
Although you may try to avoid them, you will always have to deal with dust mites! Dust mites thrive in the bedroom. They feed on dead skin cells found mostly on pillows and mattresses. They can’t be seen easily, but they are there and contribute to allergies for some people. To fight them, encase your pillows and mattresses in specialized zippered covers and cases. Be sure to wash your bedding weekly in hot water to kill off dust mites.
If you suffer from food allergies, do not be afraid to ask about ingredients at gatherings or carry-ins. Most people will not mind telling you what is in a dish, and you can avoid potentially harmful reactions. If you are concerned about having enough to eat, prepare a dish to share that you know is safe for you to eat.
If your allergies are accompanied by a harsh, hacking cough, irritation in the throat is probably to blame. This is especially common in those who fight post-nasal drip or mouth breathing. In many cases, the problem becomes more pronounced during the night. When this happens, try using pillows to prop you up in a half-reclining position while you sleep. If you can sleep while sitting upright, that’s even better.
If you struggle with seasonal allergies, you have many different options at your disposal to deal with your symptoms. Because everyone’s allergies are unique, some of the methods described above could be more or less helpful to you, and you may find that trying several methods at once is your best option.