Allergies can cause a great deal of discomfort, especially during the pollen season. If you develop allergies to pollens or various other triggers in your environment, there are some things you can do to minimize your symptoms, or the potential for an allergy attack.
1. Keep Your Home Clean
Many pollens, dust mites, chemicals or pet dander land on the furniture in your home and are then inhaled or come into contact with your skin, causing allergic reactions. Exposure to allergens is cumulative, so if you keep your home clean and free of allergens, you are less likely to develop allergic reactions on a daily basis. It's especially important to keep your bedroom clean and, if you are allergic to pets, keep them away from your bed.
2. Remove Carpets and Pillows from Home
Carpets and pillows tend to gather more allergens and are more difficult to clean, so get rid of these and you will have an easier time keeping your home allergen free. The fewer allergens you have in your home, the less likely you will be to have allergy symptoms.
3. Use an Air Purifier
An air purifier can reduce up to 90 percent of the allergens in your home. Choose a sturdy and high-quality air purifier with a HEPA filter, and keep it in the room (or rooms) where you spend more time.
4. Wash Hands
Many allergens can be transferred from your hands to your nose or eyes. Washing your hands on a regular basis, after each contact with your pet or going outdoors, may reduce the amount of allergens you come into contact with.
5. Get Treatment
Last but not least, take antihistamines, which will reduce your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about a possible desensitization cure.