Conquering allergies is no walk in the park. Literally, you can’t walk outdoors if you have allergies. Any outside contact to allergens will commence the itchy nose, watery eyes, and never ending sneezing. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies affect as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children. The worst part is, there’s no cure, but luckily, there are plenty of ways to help mitigate allergies.

Take a shower at the end of each day

After a long day, you might just want to plop down on the couch and take a load off. Fight that urge to chill and hop straight into the shower. Allergens like pollen come into contact with your body all day long. You might not realize it at first, but you will notice it when your body reacts to the pollen. When the pollen hits your body histamines are released. These histamines increase blood flow to the pollen contacted area producing inflammation and itching. You start to have a reaction because your body is reacting to whatever it came into contact with. These evil allergens hide in your eyes, nose, and get stuck to your clothes. Rather than spreading these substances throughout your house, rinse them off in a nice hot, relaxing shower.

Know your poison

Pet Allergies
Dust Allergies

These are just a few of the many common allergens. Do you know what makes your eyes water? Monitoring your local allergen forecast will help you diagnose your allergies. Once you establish the cause of your sneezes, you will be able to find the best remedy to treat the allergy. What you’re actually allergic to might surprise you. Perhaps inquiring about allergy kits to test yourself is a good place to start.

Clean living space

Allergens cling to almost anything. Just like you, allergens like all of the coziest spots in your house like the couch, in between your sheets and even your carpet. Vacuuming your house frequently along with changing your sheets can be a game changer to keeping allergies away from your home. If you have pets, keep treats on hand and bathe them as often as they’ll let you. Maintaining an overall clean living space will remove dust, pollen and help kick your allergies to the curb!

Stay ahead with the meds

There are many over the counter medications you can take to help alleviate allergies. Make sure to note most of these medicines won’t enter your system immediately. Some allergy medications can take up to a week before you notice any improvement. If you keep up to date with allergen forecasts (see #2) and know your allergy season is about to start, have your meds on hand ahead of time. Keeping an eye out on the weekly allergen counts will help keep you ahead as well. (see #2) Consult with your doctor on which medications work best for your needs.

Allergies are here and aren’t going away anytime soon so be prepared for when they’re ready to strike.

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