How to Effectively Deal with Your Allergy
Among the leading chronic illness afflicting the Singapore population, allergies rank way up at number 5! If you are one of the many Americans suffering through the dreaded symptoms of allergies, read on! This article by Tropika Club will offer you sound advice on controlling and overcoming allergies so that you can move on to better things. If you experience post-nasal drip as a result of allergies, you may feel as if there is a large amount of mucus in the back of your throat. This uncomfortable feeling is actually the result of a swollen or irritated uvula, and you may end up with a sore throat if you continuously try to dislodge non-existent mucus. Drink a glass of ice water to reduce that swelling and provide quick relief.
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- Carefully check the laundry detergents before buying to avoid it from triggering current allergies.
- Thoroughly clean or deep clean your house. Preferably getting rid of old and dusty carpets or cleaning under the carpets or any possible areas of dust.
- Carry the right medication and dosage with you all the time. Avoid drowsy allergy medications.
- Take antihistamines for treating the sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes that come with allergies.
- Shower and change your clothes before going to bed.
1. Examine your detergent
If you suffer from allergies, you need to carefully choose which laundry detergents you use. Certain brands of detergents can trigger allergy symptoms. If you find that all detergents bother your allergies, you could always wash your clothing, and your linens with baking soda. Also, allow your clothing to air dry rather than using a dryer.
2. Give your home a thorough clean
Start cleaning the areas in your home that have a lot of moisture in them with a fungicide or mould killer. You can buy this at any retailer with your other cleaning supplies. Any humidity in your home can indicate that you might have some mould, that a lot of people are allergic to!
Getting rid of carpeting in your home can help your allergies because carpeting often traps a lot of allergens. Check under your carpeting and you may find that you have beautiful hard wood floors hiding underneath. You may like the look better and it will be better for your health and your family’s health.
Try to keep your indoor air as allergen-free as possible. It might be tempting to open a window to let the fresh air in; however, when you do this you let the pollen into your home. So keep your windows shut. Also, be sure to change the filters on your air conditioner quite often.
3. Check your medication
If you must work, drive or otherwise function all day, stay away from allergy medications that induce drowsiness. A number of less-drowsy formulas are available now, such as loratadine. These medications provide a safer way to control your symptoms on the days that you cannot nap in the middle of the afternoon.
Your doctor may hold the key to helping you treat your allergy symptoms. Some over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays may not be strong enough to actually help your symptoms. Your doctor may feel that he or she should write you a stronger prescription. Just make sure you tell your doctor about any health conditions you have.
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.
4. Shower before going to bed
Shower before bed, taking special care to wash your hair thoroughly. Pollen, dust, and other allergens can get trapped on your skin and in your hair as you go through your day. If you normally shower in the morning, consider switching to an evening schedule. This will give you the chance to remove these irritants before bed, allowing you to have a restful night’s sleep.
Shower and change your clothes before going to bed every night. Be sure to shampoo your hair thoroughly. This will eliminate the buildup of allergens you acquire through the day. This also helps from spreading allergens, like dust and pollen, to your bed and making allergy symptoms worse overnight.
If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, prohibit smoking in your car and your home. Smoke is a major allergy trigger for many, and permeates porous surfaces, making it difficult to remove entirely. Ask smokers to step outside before lighting up, and never allow them to smoke inside your vehicle.
Hopefully, this article has provided you with some very helpful tips and tricks on controlling allergies and all the accompanying symptoms. With so many sufferers, it’s a wonder they have not found a cure yet, but until they do, you have the useful advice you have read here to rely on.
In conclusion, effective management of allergies involves identifying and avoiding allergens, seeking medical advice and diagnosis, using medications for symptom relief, considering allergy shots (immunotherapy), practicing good hygiene, keeping indoor environments clean, managing stress, and educating oneself about allergies. By following these steps and working with healthcare professionals, individuals can minimize allergy symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What are the common triggers for allergies?
A: Common triggers for allergies include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, certain foods (e.g., peanuts, shellfish), insect stings, and certain medications.
Q: What can I do to avoid allergens?
A: To avoid allergens, keep your living spaces clean, use air purifiers, regularly wash bedding in hot water, vacuum with HEPA filters, minimize outdoor activities during high pollen counts, keep pets out of bedrooms, and read food labels carefully to avoid allergenic ingredients.
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