Although a lot of people know things when it comes to allergies and the various symptoms that it could cause, not everyone knows how hard it is to live with allergies. Avoiding allergic triggers is one easy solution, but isn’t that effective for people who have symptoms due to particles in the air. Continue reading for tips.
Whenever possible, opt for any type of flooring other than carpet in your home. Carpet fibers harbor allergens such as pollen, dander, dust mites and dust. No matter how much you clean, you will never get them all, and they will continue to cause irritation for people with allergies. Flooring that can be cleaned easily is more practical.
Make sure you wash yourself before you head to bed. Pollen can collect on the surface of your skin and in your hair, which may cause an allergic reaction while you sleep. You don’t need to soak in a tub. A fast shower will do the trick.
Dust mites are a very difficult allergen to control. Dust mites thrive in the bedroom. They feed on dead skin cells found mostly on pillows and mattresses. Not such a pretty picture! However, you can fight back with the use of specially designed covers for your pillows and mattresses. Every week, kill mites by washing all bedding with hot water.
The best pet for a person with allergies is one that has short fur or no fur at all. All warm-blooded animals have the potential for causing allergy problems. Those with long hair or copious feathers are the worst! To further minimize pet allergies, don’t let them sleep in the same bed as you.
While skin tests are useful for identifying potentially problematic allergens, it is almost impossible to use test results to predict the probable severity of an allergic reaction to those substances. For example, the test may show that you have an allergic reaction to mold. You might be one of those people that experiences allergy symptoms so mildly that you do not feel any discomfort.
Think about getting rid of your carpet. Carpet is a magnet for allergens including dust, dead dust mites, and pollen. If your house is carpeted, you may want to consider switching to laminate or hardwood floors instead. A simple switch will make a world of difference in terms of how you feel and how you and your family react to the fewer allergens present in the home. If you cannot do this, then vacuum on a daily basis.
If your child suffers from allergies to foods, travel can be made easier by packing some of his “safe foods” for the trip – especially if you will be in a foreign country. Foods in foreign countries may not have clear ingredients labels. This may cause accidental ingestion of allergens such as soy, dairy, nuts and so on.
Pollen and pet dander are particularly difficult to avoid since they are airborne. Control your allergies and your life, do not let your allergies take control. Keep these ideas in mind and shed your worries.