7 Mistakes Allergic Individuals Must Avoid

Allergy is a menace. No one can bear sneezing, runny or congested nose, itchy red eyes and skin rashes for long. Many sufferers of this condition would be willing to give away anything they can just to obtain the relief they so long desire. But in their effort to find allergy treatment the spells brought by seasonal allergies, they do the wrong things instead and end up becoming miserable and wasting a lot of money.


Here are some mistakes allergy sufferers should avoid to unnecessary expenses and prevent allergy symptoms from happening.


1. Unwise Spending Through Self-Medication


Two mistakes are actually committed here. The first is unwise spending which makes you waste money on something you are not sure would work. The second mistake is of course self-medication which is not a healthy solution to any health problems. When buying medication for your allergy symptoms, you should see an allergist because he is the right person who can identify your condition, its causes and treatment. 


2. Leaving Windows Open


People who experience seasonal allergies should be aware that the wind can be unfriendly to them during certain times of the year, most especially if the plants in the surroundings are producing pollen. When trees and shrubs in your neighborhood are bearing flowers, you should avoid opening your windows to prevent pollen from getting in. To combat warmth, you may run the air conditioner but you must be sure to re-circulate the air and use high-efficiency particulate air filter to keep pollens and other allergy triggers out.


3. Allowing Pollen to Get Through by Other Means


You may not know it, but you can also be a pollen carrier yourself. You can actually bring pollen into your house through your clothes, shoes, hair and other personal stuff. To prevent this from happening, you must change clothes at once upon arrival and wash your hair thoroughly to prevent pollen that might be in your hair from getting transferred to your pillowcase. To be sure that no pollen can spoil your rest, you may apply saline nasal spray to remove pollen that might be trapped in your nose. If you are doing some laundry, do not hang them outdoors especially during allergy season. This will prevent pollen from getting into your clothes and trigger allergy symptoms.


4. Not Protecting Your Eyes


Another thing you should seriously consider to avoid allergy symptoms is protecting your eyes and preventing them from getting exposed to allergens. Wearing sunglasses and wearing a brimmed hat can help to prevent pollen and other allergens from getting into your body through your eyes. Should pollen find their way into your eyes, try washing them away with eye rinse or antihistamine eye drops.


5. Waiting for Allergy Symptoms to Appear Before Taking Medications


The best way to treat seasonal allergies is by taking medications about 10 or more days before the onset of the pollen season rather than wait for manifestations to appear. Taking advance protection from allergy triggers can lessen the possibility of the symptoms that can cause discomfort.


6. Overusing OTC Nasal Sprays


When you buy over-the-counter nasal spray, you should read its accompanying literature to be able to know its proper application. Most nasal decongestants are effective only for about five days of continuous use. If you continue using the spray longer than the prescribed period, it can cause irritation on the lining of your nose and sinuses and cause more problems instead of providing relief.


7. Eating Foods that Trigger Allergic Reactions


It is true that food intolerance is a more common occurrence than food allergy, but if you are really allergic, you should avoid eating foods that can trigger allergy symptoms. The problem with some allergic individuals is they continue to eat certain foods even if they know these can trigger allergy symptoms such as itchiness of the mouth and throat or skin rashes.


Learn practical allergy and asthma management by watching an allergy and asthma video. You can find these on YouTube or any site that teaches people how to effectively reduce allergy symptoms.


photo credit for featured image: William Brawley (flickr.com)

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