Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell whether or not allergic symptoms are due to the common cold or allergy triggers like pet dander and pollen. The first step to finding out if you have any allergies is getting an allergy test. Find out more about dealing with allergies with these tips.
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.
Mold is one of the most common allergens, and the bathroom is the room most prone to growing it. This is due to the moisture from showers and bathtubs. To keep mold to a minimum, always turn on the bathroom fan. Try painting with a mold-resistant paint that, can be found anywhere that sells paint.
For those who love the idea of toiling in their own vegetable garden, allergies caused by mold and pollen can seem especially oppressive. Fortunately, this does not mean would-be gardeners have to give up their hobby altogether. Instead, they must outwit outdoor allergens. The ideal time to garden is immediately after a storm when rainwater flushes away clouds of pollen, spores and other allergens. Alternately, one could use a garden hose to spray the area in which they plan to work.
While face masks may not be the most fashionable accessory available, wearing one outdoors on high pollen count days can spare you some of the discomfort of allergy symptoms. Masks are extremely cheap and can be purchased from home improvement centers or medical supply stores. Alternately, cover your nose and mouth with a bandana.
People who suffer from food allergies are generally the ones who need to be the most careful. While other types of allergies can be annoying, food allergies tend to be the most fatal. This is especially true of people who suffer from allergies to shellfish or nuts, such as shrimp or hazelnut.
If you are allergic to pet dander, designate at least one area in the house as a “pet-free”ï¿½ zone. Your bedroom is the most obvious choice. Keeping this area clean, and free from intrusions by your furry friends can significantly alleviate your allergy symptoms. The alternative, of course, is to designate a single area in which your pet can stay.
Be sure to clean every surface in your home on a regular basis. If you are the one suffering from allergies, be sure to wear a mask while cleaning. Since you will be stirring the allergens up as you clean, the mask will help keep you from breathing them in.
As said in the beginning of the article, it’s easier to deal with your allergic symptoms if you know what causes them. Avoiding your triggers as much as possible can reduce the itchy throat and runny nose that commonly come from these triggers. Remember the tips in this article to deal with allergies effectively.