Ways to Deal with Summer Allergies
Here’s how our body tackles allergies. When something like pollen or dust enters our body, they are perceived as a foreign particle which needs to be eliminated at the earliest. So, our body begins to produce histamines, which can manifest themselves in the form of the various allergy symptoms that you experience. Hence, consult your doctor and keep a pack of anti-histamines at the ready all through summer. You never know when you’ll need them to tone down the symptomatic behavior.
Most allergens are present outdoors. Pollen, dust, plants, insects, pollution, etc., are all major allergens that affect people. If you’re affected by the same triggers, then try to limit your exposure to them. The best way to do this is stay indoors at all times. But since that may not always be possible, you should try as much as you can. to limit going outdoors unless absolutely unavoidable.
Eliminate the Triggers
If you’re not aware of what is triggering your allergic reactions, the first thing you need to do is find out what they are. Once you do, you need to meticulously eliminate each and every possible trigger. If it’s pollen, then you can’t completely eliminate it, but you can cover yourself when you go out. If it’s insects, hunt them down and either release them outdoors or use a good pest control measure to kill them indoors itself.
A runny nose, constant sneezing, cough, wheezing, itchy throat, congested chest, etc., are all very common allergy symptoms. You can relieve these symptoms by inhaling vapor. You can use a vaporizer or you can simply add a spoon of a decongestant rub in a container of hot water (not boiling) and inhale the vapors rising from it while covering your head.
You know summer is here, and you know that you’re very prone to summer allergies. The best way to deal with this problem is to ensure that you follow a regular and stringent cleaning regime. Make sure your house is dusted regularly to avoid dust and pollen from festering. Also, keep fruits and wet foods covered so as to prevent insects from getting attracted to them.
Keep the House Dry
Another very important step that you need to take to deal with summer allergies is make sure that your home is dry. Humidity and moisture in the air are perfect breeding conditions for not only allergens, but also for your allergic symptoms to get worse. So use a dehumidifier in your home to keep the humidity levels in check. Also, keep your doors and windows closed to avoid moist air from entering the house.
You can do everything mentioned above to deal with summer allergies, if you know what you’re allergic to. But what if you suddenly develop an allergy to something that you did not know you’re allergic to? That would be scary, wouldn’t it? So, to be on the safe side, always keep an emergency allergy specialist’s number close at hand. And if you experience symptoms like hives all over your body, your tongue swelling up, and other unfamiliar reactions to an unknown trigger, call the specialist at once and consult him.
Well, all these pointers should help you feel some relief from the dreaded summer allergies. If the symptoms don’t subside even after you’ve distanced yourself from the triggers, then be sure to consult your doctor for medical advice at once!