How to Conquer Your Allergies

How to Conquer Your Allergies

Allergies can really get to you. But you don’t have to suffer. Take these steps to control the things that trigger your reactions.

Pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander are some of the usual things that cause itchy eyes and congestion. To get rid of them, you can make changes in your home and your daily habits, as well as taking your medicine.

Keep windows closed and use air conditioning.

Clean air filters frequently and air ducts at least once a year.

Keep humidity in your house at 50% or below to prevent mold growth.

Install dehumidifiers in basements and other damp areas. Avoid moldy areas: basements, garages, crawl spaces, barns, and compost heaps.

Keep pets outside. If you must keep pets indoors, don’t allow them in bedrooms. And bathe them often.

Use special covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. You might want to get rid of overstuffed furniture or down-filled bedding/pillows, too.

Wash bedding in hot water every week to kill dust mites. Dry laundry in a dryer, not outside on a clothesline.

Wear a mask and gloves when you clean, so you limit your exposure to irritating chemicals.

Rethink your floors. If possible, hard surfaces are better than carpeting. Cut down on throw rugs, too.

Avoid dust-collecting window blinds and long drapes. Use window shades instead.

Vacuum with a double-layered microfilter bag or a HEPA filter. Wear a mask while you vacuum, and avoid the room for about 20 minutes to let the air settle back down.

Don’t smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke. It may aggravate your allergies.

Check the forecast. Stay indoors on hot, dry, windy days when the pollen count is high. If mold is a problem, stay inside during rainy or windy days.

Time things right. Between 5 and 10 a.m., pollen counts are highest.

Rethink your yard work. Avoid being around freshly cut grass whenever possible. Mowing stirs up grass pollen. Flowers are loaded with pollen; so are many trees. Raking leaves stirs up mold spores. You’ll need to take your meds and limit your time, or ask someone to help you.

Wear a mask. If you must work in the yard, an inexpensive painter’s mask will filter out some of the pollen as well as mold.

Take a shower. After being outdoors, get rid of allergens that may have collected in your clothes and hair. Take a shower, wash your hair, and change clothes.

Keep car windows closed, and close vents. Use air conditioning.

You’re allergic but want to keep your pet. Since there’s no completely “hypoallergenic” dog or cat, these strategies may help:

Make your bedroom off-limits. You spend a lot of time there, so if you keep your pet out of that room, that will help.

Dust with a damp cloth often. You might want to wear a mask when you do that.

Clean up after playtime. Wash your hands and change your clothes after you play with your pet.

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Pollen Allergy,” “Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats?”

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: “Pollen,” “Dust Mites,” “Pets,” “Cigarette Smoke.

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How to Put Allergies Out of Work

How to Put Allergies Out of Work

Sneezing, wheezing, and too tired to do your job? If you have allergies at work, this probably sounds familiar.

Maybe your allergy symptoms kept you up at night, but you need to go to work. Or perhaps you took something to feel better, and those meds knocked you out. You might even be allergic to something at your workplace.

Dust mites, pollen, and mold are common and invisible allergy triggers in the workplace. These allergens can get trapped in tightly insulated and poorly ventilated office buildings.

For some jobs, there can also be environmental triggers such as fumes that cause dizziness and make it hard to breathe.

Look for allergy triggers that may affect you. Common allergens include:

 

Make sure your work area is well-ventilated and has proper humidity to minimize molds. It should also be dusted regularly. If you do that yourself, you may want to wear a mask during that chore.

What if you’re a painter or do construction work and can’t avoid your allergy triggers? Check with your doctor about your treatment.

You can manage allergy symptoms and improve your concentration on the job.

If your allergies make you feel exhausted at work, the reason may start the night before.

If your allergies aren’t under control, you can get symptoms such as nasal congestion and snoring that make it hard to sleep.

Some allergy medicines, such as some of the older antihistamines, can make you feel sleepy. Even decongestants that are stimulants, such as pseudoephedrine, can change your sleep patterns. If you take them together, it may be easy to fall asleep, but the sleep may not be as refreshing, so you can feel really tired even if you slept for 8 hours or more.

Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy. Check the label. Your doctor may also recommend a nasal steroid spray or other allergy medicines that won’t make you sleepy on the job.

SOURCES:

Gailen D. Marshall, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and pediatrics; vice chairman for faculty development; director, division of clinical immunology and allergy, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.

Greg Martin, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care; director, Medical and Coronary Intensive Care Units; Emory University; associate division director for critical care, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.

Smolley, L. and Fulghum Bruce, D. Breathe Right Now, Dell, 1999.

Fulghum Bruce, D. and Grossan, M. The Sinus Cure, Ballantine, 2007.

Make these tweaks to your diet, home, and lifestyle.

Breathe easier with these products.

Live in harmony with your cat or dog.

Which ones affect you?

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