If you struggle with allergies, you know how unbearable your symptoms can often feel! Itchy, water eyes, a chronically runny nose, that feeling of not being able to breathe – allergies are no joke. They can significantly impede our ability to enjoy what it is that we’re doing.
If you are a major sufferer of allergies, but love getting in an outdoor workout, it is best to do it during the early or late parts of the day so that you do not inhale as much pollen. Research indicates that these are the best times, in regards to pollen count.
After years of dealing with the itchiness of allergic skin and eczema, constant scratching becomes a tough habit to break–even after allergy therapy. This can cause further damage to the skin, so you should cover the area with a thick protectant like Vaseline or vitamin E oil under an elastic bandage. This allows your skin to heal and can help you to break the cycle.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, a good place to start would be trying over-the-counter medications. Be sure to choose the medication that is for your specific type of allergy. If you are unsure, there are medicines that treat all different types of allergies. Always be sure to follow the directions on the package.
If your child has food allergies and you are traveling, take foods they can eat with you. You may find it hard to find ingredient lists for some food items, thereby increasing the danger that an allergic reaction to dairy, nuts or other triggers may occur.
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.
A good way to reduce your exposure to allergens is to close your windows and doors in the morning and night. Many of the common allergens are at their peak during these times of the day. Most outdoor allergens are pollen. Natural sources like pollen are at their highest levels at these times of the day.
Bathrooms are a common source of mold, which can trigger itching and irritation in allergy sufferers. Running an overhead exhaust fan while taking a hot bath or shower reduces moisture in the air and helps to prevent the growth of mold. Wash bath mats and hand towels frequently with hot water.
If your child is allergic to insect bites and stings, it makes it difficult to participate in outdoor sports and activities. Ask a pediatrician about immunotherapy, an in-office treatment, in which insect venom is introduced to your child’s system in increasing amounts. This desensitizes the immune system to stings and gives your child the freedom to join in the outdoor fun.
You do not have a choice about having allergies, but you DO have a choice as to how you manage your symptoms. Many people have found relief from various methods of dealing with their allergies, often in conjunction with each other. Resolve to take action against your symptoms today!