Each year, allergies cause millions of people nationwide to suffer from itching, sneezing and watery eyes. While taking medication can help to alleviate allergy symptoms, one of the most important things you can do for relief is to eliminate and prevent exposure to allergens that trigger your symptoms. There are several mistakes that you may be making that can be causing your allergies to worsen. Here are a few:
Not checking pollen counts
Take the time to check the pollen count and pollen forecast before making outdoor plans. Being aware of how much pollen is in the air can help you to time your medication and treat your symptoms. It will also help you from being taken by surprise on a bad day.
Leaving windows open
The nice weather may seem like a great time to leave your windows open before turning on your air conditioning for the summer. However, pollen can still get inside, even if your window has a screen.
Not changing your air filter
Air filters help to remove pollen before the outdoor air enters your home. However, most people don’t change these filters as often as they should. Set a reminder in your phone to change out the filter at least monthly.
Allergy suffers should shower for more than just hygiene. If you spend time outdoors, rinse off upon returning indoors to remove any pollen that has accumulated on your skin. If you have long hair, rinse it off each night before going to bed. Your hair picks up pollen and allergens, even if you don’t realize it. If you go to sleep with these allergens still in your hair, they can irritate your eyes and nose.
Forgetting a mask
When doing yard work, dust and pollen are easily stirred up and can be inhaled, irritating your nose and throat. Wear a dust mask when doing these chores to help protect yourself from exposure.
Sleeping with pets
Even if you’re not allergic to animals, pets can bring in pollen, dust, mold and other allergens from the outdoors. If you are waking up with increased allergy symptoms, it may be time to let your pets sleep in their own beds.
Being careless with clothes
Like your hair, clothing can grab and cling to allergens. These allergens can then cling to your furniture and irritate your allergies. If you have spent time outdoors, change clothes when you return indoors, making sure to wash clothes before wearing again.
Wearing shoes indoors
If your house has rugs or carpet, you want to avoid tracking in allergens that can cling to the fibers. Take your shoes off when you enter the house to avoid this.
Your house has clutter
Stuffed animals are beloved by children, and while they are cute they also are a great place for dust to gather. If your child has a herd of animals living in their room and suffers from allergies, you may want to find them a new home.
New allergies can develop at any time, even well into your adult life. Often, the symptoms can be overlooked, as they come on slowly and can be subtle. Don’t ignore new symptoms. See a doctor so they can prescribe medication to alleviate the itching and sneezing.
Our doctors are available daily for any allergy questions. The best part? No appointment is needed.