Watery eyes. runny nose, almost non-stop sneezing and difficulty in breathing. If you have allergies, then you will be familiar with these symptoms. Coupled with a health condition like asthma, allergens can wreak havoc on your body and make your asthma symptoms worse. There are so many allergy triggers and it’s important that you know what yours are so that you can avoid them and prevent your allergy attacks from occurring. Here are some common allergens that can be found in your home or outside and how you can prevent them from triggering an attack.
Dust mites cannot be seen by the naked eye. These microscopic microorganisms thrive in house dust and though dust mite allergy symptoms are mostly similar to pollen allergy, the only difference is that the former can occur the whole year round rather than seasonally. To help prevent a dust mite allergy attack, it’s best if you use dust mite covers not just for your mattresses but also pillows and box springs. Use hypoallergenic pillows and make sure you wash your sheets in hot water on a weekly basis. Clear you house of dust-collecting things like curtains, carpet and stuffed animals. Invest in a vacuum cleaner that is specially designed for allergy sufferers and will help rid your home of allergens.
Spring is my sister’s second least favorite season and with good reason–because it means pollen season. If you’re allergic to pollen, exposure to this allergen can trigger either hay fever or seasonal allergies. You can, however, prevent an allergy attack or symptoms if you stay indoors especially on windy days or those times when pollen count will be high. Do keep your windows closed and utilize your air conditioner. Don’t hang your clothes out to dry during this season. If you must go out on an errand, make sure to wear a face mask.
Another microscopic allergen, molds are parasitic fungi which has spores that float around in the air just like pollen. This common allergy trigger can be found in damp areas in your home like basements or bathrooms. They can also be found in leaf piles, grass, hay and under mushrooms. Like pollen allergy, mold allergy can occur seasonally mostly in summer and fall. However, it can occur more frequently year round especially if mold is thriving in your home. Sneezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, congestion and runny nose are just some of the symptoms that mold allergy shares with pollen and dust mite allergies.
When it comes to allergies, prevention is best and you can help prevent mold allergy if you avoid activities that will trigger its symptoms like clearing up leaves. This doesn’t mean that you can use it as an excuse to get out of chores. You can still help remove leaves if you use a mask, that is if you really are allergic to molds. Windows and doors must be kept closed. Moist places like basement and bathrooms must be well ventilated. Check for those areas where there is water damage and repair leaks promptly. If you like having indoor plants, just keep their number to a minimum as soil often harbors and helps promote the growth of molds.