Allergies during spring or fall season are very common due to pollen and dust, but a lot of people can get allergic to different things due to multiple reasons. It can be hereditary, or weakness of the immune system, there is no specific reason. A lot remains unknown about how allergies develop, and each person's case is different. Here are a few steps that you can take to avoid allergies and lead a much healthier and carefree life.
1. Identify what you are allergic to
It may sound simple, but to avoid your triggers, you first need to know what exactly you are allergic to. It can be your pet, any fruit or other edible item, dust or pollen, smoke etc. If you are not able to recognize what is causing your allergy, make an appointment with your doctor who specializes in allergies and get an allergy skin test to help pinpoint your triggers.
2. Try to wear a mask
A mask can prevent allergens from getting into your airways when you can’t avoid certain allergy triggers, like when you’re mowing, raking, or vacuuming. The mask will block 95% of small particles, such as pollen and other allergens to enter your nasal track, hence helping you to curb allergy related to duct and pollens.
3. Take a shower to wash allergens
Each time you walk into your home, you bring small pieces of the outside world with you. After being outdoors, your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you’ve been. Taking a shower and changing your clothes will help wash away any allergens. Leaving your shoes at the door will help keep you from tracking allergens through your home.
4. Eat a diet rich in vitamin C
One study found that children who ate a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts, particularly grapes, apples, oranges, and tomatoes which are full of Vitamin C, had fewer allergy symptoms. Researchers are still trying to figure out the connection between diet and nasal allergies. Try adding at least one fresh fruit and vegetable to every meal that you take to stay healthy in general too.
5. Drink warm fluids
If you’re feeling congested or have nasal drip from your allergies, try drinking more water, juice, or other fluids. Drinking extra liquid can help thin the mucus in your nasal passages and can give you some relief. Hot fluids such as tea, coffee or soup can be especially soothing because they add the benefits of steam.
6. Learn to Clean Safely
Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to avoid indoor allergens. But cleaning with harsh chemicals can irritate your nasal passages and aggravate your allergy symptoms. Try cleaning with ordinary household products like vinegar or baking soda. And use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) filter to trap allergens. If your allergies are severe, consider having someone else do the cleaning.
7. Take steam
Inhaling steam is a simple way to relieve nasal congestion and can ease breathing when you have allergies. Sit over a hot bowl full of water and place a towel over your head to trap the steam. Or you can use the electronic steam machine. Use steam several times a day to relieve symptoms.
8. Avoid Cigarette and other sources of smoke
Cigarette smoke can aggravate your allergy symptoms, worsening your running, itchy, stuffy nose and watery eyes. If you smoke, quit, and ask others in your household to stop smoking, too. Try to avoid places where people smoke. Avoid other fumes that can worsen symptoms, like smoke from wood-burning fireplaces.