Between the rain, new growth and house cleaning, chances are if you have allergies, you are miserable right about now. Whether you have seasonal allergies or suffer year round, there are steps you can take to help decrease your symptoms without having to stock up on medication.
Who is affected by allergies?
Though allergies can affect anyone, individuals with the following characteristics are afflicted more often:
- Under 40 years old
- Have at least one parent with allergies
- Suffer from allergic conditions such as asthma
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of allergies include:
- Red, itchy or watery eyes
- Dry throat
- Stuffy nose
Tips to alleviate allergy symptoms:
To alleviate allergy symptoms, consider the following recommendations:
- Stay indoors when the pollen count outside is high.
- Keep your home clean and as dust-free as possible.
- Place pillows, mattresses and duvets in allergen-proof encasements.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with double bags, allergen-trapping bags or a HEPA filter.
- Avoid having pets or going near others’ pets if you have animal allergies.
- In your home, choose hardwood floors instead of carpeting.
Did you know?
According to the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, about half of the U. S. population suffers from allergies. These negative reactions occur as a result of coming in contact with normally harmless substances. Some allergies change or disappear over time, while seasonal attacks will return at the same time each year for only a few weeks or months.
Treatment for most allergy symptoms is available over-the-counter or as a prescription from your physician. If your symptoms are severe or you don’t know what is causing you to have a reaction, an allergist can perform a test to pinpoint what you are allergic to. And don’t forget, allergy testing and treatment is usually covered by your health insurance.
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