Coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose can make any day a challenge for any individual with allergies. Allergies are hypersensitive immune responses to substances that either enter or come in contact with the body. A substance that causes an allergic reaction is called an “allergen”. These allergens can be found in food, drinks or the environment. It should however be noted that most allergens are harmless. Although there is no cure for most allergies, the best way to fight it is to learn ways to avoid them and a few minor lifestyle changes also can go a long way toward keeping symptoms under control. Below are a few helpful tips we gathered just for you:
Know your triggers
It may sound simple, but to avoid your triggers, you first need to know what they are. This information would go a long way in helping you manage allergies.
Each time you walk into your home after being outdoors, your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you’ve been. Taking a warm shower and changing your clothes will help wash away any allergens and prevent them from spreading to clothes, furniture, pillowcases, and other surfaces.
Wear a mask
A mask can prevent allergens from getting into your airways when you can’t avoid certain allergy triggers, like when you’re sweeping, raking, dusting or vacuuming.
Keep car windows up
Keep windows closed when driving, using the air conditioner if necessary to avoid allergens. If you aren’t in your car, you can use a clean handkerchief over your nose and wear shades to protect your eyes.
Eat a healthy diet
A diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts — particularly grapes, apples, oranges, and tomatoes can help reduce allergy symptoms. Eating a healthy diet is known to do the body a world of good in general. Try adding at least one fresh fruit each day.
Use a nasal rinse
I know how uncomfortable it can be getting water up your nose, but a nasal rinse cleans mucus from your nose and can help relieve nasal allergy symptoms. It also can rinse away bacteria, thin mucus, and help decrease postnasal drip. Buy a rinse kit or make one using a neti pot or a nasal bulb. Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with a pinch of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm distilled or sterilized water. Leaning over a sink, gently flush one nostril at a time.
Drink more fluids
Drinking extra liquid can help thin the mucus in your nasal passages and may give you some relief. Hot fluids — such as teas, broth, or soup — may be especially soothing because they add the benefits of steam.
Adopt safer cleaning measures
Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to avoid indoor allergens. Try cleaning with proper protective gears and avoid harsh cleaning products. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter to trap allergens. Keep indoor air free from allergy triggers by installing special air filters in your air conditioning systems.
Try some steam
Inhaling steam is a simple way to relieve nasal congestion and can ease breathing when you have allergies. Sit over a hot bowl or sink full of water and place a towel over your head to trap the steam. Or sit in the bathroom with a hot shower running. Use steam several times a day to relieve symptoms.
Avoid cigarette smoke and other fumes
Cigarette smoke can aggravate your allergy symptoms, worsening your running, itchy, stuffy nose and watery eyes. Try to avoid places where people smoke, opting for smoke-free restaurants, nightclubs, and hotel rooms. Avoid other fumes that can worsen symptoms, like aerosol sprays and smoke from wood-burning fireplaces.
However if your allergies are more severe, its best you see a medical doctor for professional help. Do you have allergies? How do you manage it? Please share.