It’s that time of the year that most people dread. That’s right, it’s allergy season again. If you are one of the unlucky ones that live with allergies, then you know what is coming your way. Don’t worry, because this article contains advice that can help you face allergy season with a brave face.
Avoid line-drying your clothing, or linens if you suffer from allergies, especially during the spring. While the smell and feel of fresh, line-dried laundry can be a treat. It can also make you miserable when you bring in pollen from outdoors. Use the clothes dryer when pollen levels are at their peak.
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 find yourself experiencing allergic symptoms around the family dog and cat, you may be tempted to blame the animal for your discomfort. You may be correct, but there is also a possibility that you are allergic to pet-borne pollen. If your pet spends time outdoors in vegetation-heavy areas, it may be picking up allergens and bringing them into the house. An allergy test can confirm or refute your suspicions.
Shower, and wash your hair before going to bed every night. Believe it or not, pollen can collect in your hair and on your body. Causing allergies to worsen overnight. Be sure to wash your body, and hair thoroughly before going to bed. This can be prevention for this happening.
If your allergies are accompanied by a harsh, hacking cough, irritation in the throat is probably to blame. This is especially common in those who fight post-nasal drip or mouth breathing. In many cases, the problem becomes more pronounced during the night. When this happens, try using pillows to prop you up in a half-reclining position while you sleep. If you can sleep while sitting upright, that’s even better.
Protect your hair. If you have mid-length to long hair, you probably already know that spending time outdoors means coming back with pollen in your hair. Mold, spores and other allergens become trapped in your hair and may then come into contact with your pillow at night. If possible, tuck all of your hair into a hat whenever you go outside for longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
If your child has food allergies and you are traveling, take foods they can eat with you. When you are in an unfamiliar place, it can sometimes be difficult to find or read nutrition labels and ingredients – making it much easier to accidentally trigger a reaction from common ingredients, such as nuts and soy.
Allergy season may be upon us, but we don’t have to live in fear of it ever again. This article contains enough advice that should help even the worst allergy sufferer make it through allergy season for years to come. Just remember it, and use it before things get out of control.