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Attack Allergies Back: Prevent Your Next Allergy Attack

Away with Allergies

Proven Tips to Prevent Allergy Symptoms

Can’t stop sniffling and sneezing all year round? Constantly taking drugs to control your allergies? Do allergies put a damper on your travels? Following these easy tips on a daily basis will help manage, prevent and possibly even eliminate your allergy symptoms. This article will also help you plan your travel with your allergies in mind. Find out the best time of year to travel to which climates to keep allergies at bay.

Control Temperature & Humidity!
  • Hot, humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold. Try and keep your home below 75 degrees and humidity levels between 30-50%. Don’t forget to replace or clean filters in cleaning or cooling systems and in air conditioners and air purifiers.
  • Use an air purifier in your home, and don’t forget to change the filter.
Clean your house!
  • Especially dusty areas, with water as much as possible since that traps the dust so it can’t fly, keeping it out of your nose.
  • Protect your mattress and pillows from dust mites, purchase dust mite-zippered encasings from your local department or bedding store.
  • Wash your laundry, especially bed linens in hot water with a temperature of 130 degrees or greater to reduce dust mites.
  • Don’t allow mold to grow in your home. Mold loves to grow in damp places, like your bathroom, so make sure these rooms are dry with plenty of ventilation. Or use a dehumidifier in these areas. Close doors or windows during hot weather and use air conditioning instead.
  • Avoid harsh, chemical cleaners, as these may trigger allergies and asthma. Many common surface sprays contain toxic and dangerous chemicals! Try and use natural or naturally derived non toxic cleaning products.
  • Vacuuming with a regular vacuum may make allergies and asthma worse by disturbing and blowing the dust particles in the air. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter.
  • If you are allergic to animal dander, you should keep your pets outdoors if possible, as much as possible. Or at least keep them out of your bedroom. Bathing your pet weekly, especially with a dander reducing or eliminating shampoo, will reduce dander accumulation and can reduce your exposure to allergens.
Keep pollen outside!
  • Keep the pollen outside but make sure you don’t bring it in with you! Don’t dry your laundry outside since pollen can easily deposit or accumulate in your belongings.
  • Change your clothing after spending a lot of time outdoors.
  • Take a bath or shower before bedtime! Bathe or shower before bedtime to wash off pollen and outdoor mold spores that build up on your hair and/or skin.
Turn off the fan!
  • Limit the use of window fans that can draw pollen into your home. Fans will also stir up the dust making airborne allergies difficult to control.
Avoid Allergies When You Travel!
  • Check the local weather forecasts of your destination! They can provide you important, daily air quality and pollution reports as well as allergy and pollen count reports.
  • When you are traveling, check general statistics for the area and chose a time of the year when allergy and pollen reports are at their lowest.
  • Be prepared on days when these advisories are high by remembering to take your allergy and asthma medications and by planning activities that involve staying indoors.
  • Choose the right environment for you. Use air quality and pollution reports as well as allergy and pollen count reports as a tool everywhere you go.
  • During high pollen season in the spring, spend time at low pollen areas such as the beach or ocean.
  • Avoid areas that are generally known for having high pollen counts such as woodlands.
Control infestations!
  • Insect and mouse residue is allergy triggering, so make cockroaches as unwelcome as possible – seal any cracks or entryways. Thoroughly vacuum carpeting and steam clean carpets regularly if possible, as wet wash hard surfaces.
Avoid Contact with Eye Contacts!
  • If you wear eye contacts, it’s not a good idea to wear them while you have red, swollen or itchy eyes (allergic conjunctivitis) because the contacts may irritate and cause the conjunctivitis to become worse. Instead, wear your glasses until your eyes feel better.
Avoid insect stings and potential reactions to bug bites and bee stings.
  • When you’re in a buggy area, wear long sleeves, pants, and shoes with socks. Use bug repellant and do not wear perfumes or sweet scented products that would invite over insects.
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