Allergies To Cope With
More than 50 million in the United States are being affected by allergies. These people when are faced with the allergen often sniffles, sneezes and gets all clogged up. Some allergies only requires them getting an extra tissue or taking decongestant occasionally. This kind of allergies is usually mild and seasonal. Some other people are allergic to food and the only way to avoid them is to avoid taking the food that gives them the allergy reaction.
In some other people, allergies are considered very serious as it interferes with their quality of life and affect them more severely than the rest of other people. Even for allergists, it is difficult to define severe allergies and to determine number of people affected. Experts defined severe allergies as those that is serious with symptoms that is life interfering.
Some severe allergies force you to take sick leave and stay at home due to a high pollen count. This is an example where this is your primary allergen and it is affecting your life. 3 strategies below are shared by experts on how to cope with these chronic allergies.
1. Know The Allergens
Animal dander, dust mites, molds and pollens are the top environmental allergens. Some people may be allergic to one allergen but it is not uncommon to be allergic to multiple things. These allergens triggers allergic reactions like eye irritation and stinging, skin diseases or asthma and also nasal symptoms like sneezing.
How do you detect your allergen? By knowing the symptoms you experienced, you may be able to detect the allergens easily. You know the allergen is the cat when you start having your symptoms when visiting a house with a cat.
Skin test is also another way to detect the allergen if you can’t detect the allergen the normal way. A tiny bit of the suspected allergen will be placed under the skin to detect for any sorts of reaction.
2. Allergens Control
Once the allergen is detected, it is time to control or eliminate the problem with the methods below targeting at each allergen.
Animal with fur, including dogs and cats may pose a threat to people who’s allergic to animal dander. The offending allergen is a protein found in the saliva, a dead skin scale which is also known as dander and also from the urine of the animals. The protein is airborne and will be in contact with the skin, eyes, nose and also being inhaled.
After contact with the protein the allergy symptoms can pop up immediately or maybe after 12 hours later.
Get rid of the pets to eliminate the allergen. However, this may not be the case as parting with the pet may sometimes be the last option. To overcome this, keep the pet away from the bedroom and avoid having carpet inside the bedroom. Instead, use hardwood or tile floors to replace carpet. This is because hardwood or tile floors collect less allergen. If you can’t part with a pet, have at least one ‘safe zone’ in the house. As advised earlier, keep the bedroom as your safe haven.
In avoiding the allergens from being trapped inside the house, it is advised to brush the your pet regularly outdoors. Besides that, pick leather over fabric if possible if shopping for sofas or chair.
Since the protein is airborne, even if an allergic person decides to part with their pet, the allergens may still be hanging around for a year or longer.
Dust mites allergens are airborne. It feeds on common house dust which is a mixture of small pieces of plant and animal material. The creatures are microscopic and can cling to carpets, bedding and furniture. Most reaction from the allergens comes from a close contact since the allergens are only airborne for a short time before dropping to surfaces.
As a precaution, buy and use the allergy-proof covers for bedding to put barriers between you and the mites.
These allergy-proof encasings protects you as these mites won’t be able to penetrate into the mattress. It is like a layer of protection between you and the mites.
Cleanliness is a way to go to avoid allergens. Wash your bed encasings weekly in hot water that is 130 degrees or higher to kill the critters. This can be done with the newer washing machine models or by using a water heater.
Besides checking your cleanliness, a dehumidifier also helps. Keeping humidity lower than 50%, helps control the mites’ population.
Unless your plumbing indoors is leaking, molds are more an outdoor problem than indoor. You should notice bathroom shower or tub with a little mold ring, however when not disturbed it does not poses any danger. However, once disturbed the spores become airborne and may trigger an allergic reaction. The control? A cleaning solution of 5% bleach and a small amount of detergent should be the trick. Besides indoors, we should be careful of outdoors mold coming from vegetation. From July to late summer, the reactions are usually most common.
Pollen can come from miles away as it can travel great distances. Unless, you are living in a bubble, there’s so much you need to do. The best thing to do is stay indoors, use the air conditioner and drive with your windows closed.
3. Allergens Treatment
Antihistamines and decongestants are are the most common treatment to combat allergies. They won’t cure the allergies but they can reduce the symptoms significantly. Running nose and itching eyes and nose can be treated by antihistamines, whereas the decongestants can reduce the stuffiness.
Nasal steroid sprays may also help. The release of substances that inflame mucus membranes can be prevented by using this spray. This helps to reduce the inflammation and need to be used on regular basis to be effective.
An antihistamine nasal spray is also another option besides some other prescription strength sprays. The sprays can be used to treat seasonal allergies. Montelukast drug that is prescribed for asthma is also known to help allergy symptoms.
Allergy shots or immunotherapy is also another option to help combat allergies that are difficult to control or for those who do not want to continue taking medication for the rest of their lives.
However, this medication may not work as well over time for some people. They can switch medication or may even consider immunotherapy since it may also reduce the patients risk to asthma. Your allergist will do a series of test to pinpoint your allergens before you start your allergy shots. Typically after the first shots, it will be given twice a week for a few months. Then the shots will be tapered to once a week for about six months, then every one to four weeks and this shall continue for the next five years.
Of course there’s always the natural approach to handle allergies, a much safer solution without the possible of side effects that conventional drugs and medication. With herbal and natural nutritional ingredients, natural allergy remedies help support a healthy overall immune system as well as respiratory and skin health by maintaining histamine levels within the normal range and supporting clear eyes, noses, sinuses and healthy problem free skin.