Allergies can be anything from mildly annoying to downright torturous and debilitating. Sore, watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, hives, and even life threatening reactions in the case of things like bee stings and various foods that can swell the windpipe and cause suffocation if not treated. More than half of the population in the United States suffers from at least one allergen, and many people suffer from a number of different allergens.
Common causes of allergic reactions include things like ragweed pollen, dust mites, pet dander and a number of different foods. Seasonal allergies caused by plant pollen are probably the most common. While there are many different medications that can help to relieve the symptoms of these allergies, such as watery eyes, sneezing and swelling, there are also a few other things that you can do to help you deal with allergies.
The following tips are primarily for those who suffer from mild to moderate seasonal or household allergies. For those who suffer from more serious allergies, such as from bee stings and dangerous food allergies, it is important to ask your doctor what the emergency medical procedures are if you do find yourself in a situation where you are exposed to your allergen. Steps might include carrying a steroidal injection and also always making sure to carry a card explaining your allergy and what should be done if you are unable to get yourself emergency medical help.
However, To stay allergy free here are some helpful tips that may help to relieve symptoms or even avoid them altogether.
Limit Exposure To Your Allergen
With allergens like, dust mites, this can be done by using indoor air-conditioning to filter the air in your home, and also vacuuming regularly. Floors aren’t the only things that should be vacuumed either. You should also be sure to vacuum furniture, like sofas and chairs with cushions, curtains, screens and mattresses. If you are having a hard time sleeping because you cannot breathe at night, you might want to consider getting yourself a mattress cover. These covers are sold in many department stores and help to keep a barrier between you and the mattress which often harbors millions of dust mites.
If you are allergic to pet dander, you may have to avoid keeping any furry pets in your home. There are many other pets that don’t have any pet dander, such as turtles and snakes, and all sorts of fishes. If you really do prefer furry friends to their (equally lovable, in most cases) cold blooded brethren you might consider getting a “hypo-allergenic” pet. These are cat and dog breeds that are considered “safe” for allergy sufferers. There are even many hybrid dogs that are considered completely hypo-allergenic. If you are interested in any of these breeds you can always “test” them, by playing with the puppies or kittens before you actually decide to purchase one and see if you have any reaction.
Eat Raw Local Honey
Many seasonal allergies are caused by plant pollen that is released during the warmer months. Unless you move out of your hometown every spring, you’re probably not going to avoid these pollens. And even if you did move, you might just be exposing yourself to a whole new level of uncomfortable, as there are plant pollens just about every where you go.
One purported way to get rid of the allergies from these pollens is to eat raw local honey. The theory is that the honey contains small traces of the plant pollens in your area, and that by consuming the honey with this “safe” amount, your body will gradually get used to it and will not longer see it as a threat and react with an allergic reaction. This has not yet been proven, but there are many allergy sufferers who swear that the honey “desensitizes” their bodies to the various pollens found in their area.
This works on the same principle as the raw honey. By introducing the allergen in small amounts, it is hoped that the body will stop reacting with histamines and other defenses that cause the allergic reaction. This is often called “allergen immunotherapy” and is used to help your immune system recognize the allergen as something that is harmless. Depending on what you are allergic to, there may be allergy shots available, and engaging in this type of therapy may help to alleviate your allergy problem.
These are just a few of the things you can do to help alleviate allergies. You should always consult your doctor about new therapies, however, especially if your allergy is severe.