If you struggle with allergies, you know how unbearable your symptoms can often feel! Itchy, water eyes, a chronically runny nose, that feeling of not being able to breathe – allergies are no joke. They can significantly impede our ability to enjoy what it is that we’re doing.
Before you make plans to spend a day outdoors, visit the AAAAI National Allergy Bureau’s website and enter your zip code to find up-to-date information on daily mold and pollen counts. This is also a very useful resource for choosing a destination for your next vacation. It’s difficult to enjoy yourself when you’re battling allergies.
When traveling in a car, use the air conditioning, and keep the windows closed. This will help seal the allergens out of your car if you need to travel during allergy season. Make sure you set your air conditioner on its recirculate setting, so that you are not bringing in outside air. Aim the vents so they do not blow into your face.
Exercise at the right time of day. If you like to exercise outdoors, yet you are an allergy sufferer, there are things that can be done so you can still enjoy the experience. It’s better to exercise outdoors in the early morning or later in the evening as the pollen levels aren’t as high at these times and less likely to cause issues with your allergies.
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.
Wash allergens off with a shower before bedtime. Pollen accumulates on your body and in your hair during the day, and could cause an allergic reaction as you try to sleep. All you have to do is do a quick wash, and you will feel better in the long run.
During certain times of year, people who suffer from allergies have reactions to things in their environment. If you are having symptoms that you think are related to allergens in your environment, consult your physician to try to identify the culprit. Taking over the counter remedies may work to some extent, but you are better off seeing a doctor to advise you on your condition.
Know the outdoor plants you are allergic to and check the calendar! You should know this information, if you can plan outdoor activities. This way, you can plan them on what days you should be taking your allergy medicine or packing some with you for the day.
If you have a child with food allergies and you are planning a trip, remember to pack an assortment of known “safe” foods before you leave. This is especially true when visiting foreign countries. Sometimes, ingredients won’t be clearly labeled on food items, and you don’t want to risk your child consuming that item he is allergic to.
You do not have a choice about having allergies, but you DO have a choice as to how you manage your symptoms. Many people have found relief from various methods of dealing with their allergies, often in conjunction with each other. Resolve to take action against your symptoms today!