Allergies can be uncomfortable and downright awful. Here are the top six ways for allergy sufferers to fight their symptoms.
Purify Your Home’s Air
At home, you should run air filters to remove allergens. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are recommended, because HEPA filters meet government standards to remove extremely small particles from the air, which helps get pollen and other allergens that standard air purifiers may be unable to catch. Also, keep the air conditioning in your home running when it’s hot to reduce the humidity in your home, which can encourage mold growth and affect your breathing. Also, keep your windows closed to prevent allergens from coming inside, especially pollen and dust.
Irrigate Your Nose
When you breathe, many different types of allergens may get inhaled, and they become trapped in your nose and nasal cavities. Try to regularly irrigate your nose in order to flush out allergens and excess mucus. You can use saline solution sprays, saltwater, bulb syringes, and neti-pots. Just make sure that any water you use is distilled or filtered and never straight from the tap.
Identify Your Allergies
Believe it or not, many allergy sufferers do not know the true cause of their symptoms. People might know they have seasonal allergies that get worse in the summer, for example, but they may not know exactly what it is they’re allergic to. It’s possible to guess, but you shouldn’t just assume. Get professional allergy testing to identify exactly what is causing your allergies. When you know the culprits, you’ll know exactly what to avoid and how to can fight your symptoms.
Not everyone wants to take medication for their allergies, but medication has significantly helped so many people cope with their allergies on a day to day basis. Antihistamines that are non-drowsy and last for up to 24 hours are great for preventing symptoms altogether, and they can be taken on a long-term basis; examples are Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra. Other antihistamines are fast-acting and can provide relief during an allergy attack, such as Benadryl. Talk to your doctor about what allergy medication and regimen would be best for you.
Keep Your Home Clean
It’s important to keep your home clean in order to fight against your allergies. Vacuum often with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. Once a week, wash your bedding in hot water in order to kill dust mites. Regularly dust your home, and be on the lookout for any mold growth. If you think you spot any mold, get it evaluated and removed by a professional as soon as possible.
Stay Away from Allergens
This might seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating: stay away from whatever you’re allergic to as best as possible. If you’re allergic to pollen, stay indoors when the pollen count is high. Don’t pet animals if you’re allergic to them. Don’t eat even a tiny bit of food you’re allergic to. Exposing yourself to allergens will worsen your symptoms significantly.
Gregory van der Wiel is a medical health professional who loves to blog about the best ways to beat allergy symptoms.