An allergy is a condition that occurs when your body discovers a foreign substance that it does not like. Your nose becomes clogged and it starts to trickle, your eyes itch and tears, your lungs are burning and wheezing. Like humans, allergies come in many different forms, but most fall into three basic categories: touch, food, or inhaled allergens.Allergy problem, Photo: Shipov Oleg, Shutterstock
Inhaled allergens - the allergies we experience in response to substances in the air we breathe - are the most common. The four biggest airborne disinfectants are house dust, pollen, animal hair and feathers, and mold.
"You will find some of this in your household dust," says Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills, of the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Different people are allergic to different things, bits of cockroaches are really powerful in this, but individually, the biggest cause of the problem is dust mites. Remember, a dust mite is almost a microscopic relative of ticks and spiders. But, not a living mite is a problem. What causes the reaction is the fecal material that the mites release into the environment, around our carpets and furniture, their most important habitats, and also the bodies of dead mites cause a problem.
As for other common allergens, pollen exits inside, pet hairs fall off when, for example, the Fido line, and mold grows where it is dark and damp - under the carpet, in the basement. It doesn't matter which of the allergens you encounter. Breathe in any of
them, if you are allergic you will start sneezing.
Not every house can "boast" all four of the Big Four Gnats, but every house that is not hermetically sealed has at least one or more of them. And what are you going to do? Can one escape from these ubiquitous present-day residents of the modern home, or are allergic folk sentenced to life with constant sniffles and sneezes? Don't worry - there is much you can do and reduce the misery your allergy will bring. The following tips that doctors have tested and recommended will set you on the right path to light breathing and dry eyes.
Treat the symptoms
You cannot avoid a certain amount of exposure to what bothers you. Allergy injections available from your doctor are a good way to make your exit into the outside world comfortable rather than painful, but you don't have to depend on them. The readily available antihistamines, which you can get at pharmacies without a prescription, work wonders on leaking noses and burning red eyes. "In most cases, they help," says Dr. Richard Poden, of the University of New Jersey, "but if you have an allergy that lasts more than five to seven days, you should see a doctor."
Air-condition your home
This is probably the single most important thing you can do to eliminate the pollen problem, and it can also help with the other two major inhalants - mold and dust mites. "The basic idea is to create a kind of oasis." says Dr. Poden. “You want your home to be a refuge, a place to hide.” Air conditioning can help in two ways. They keep humidity low, which repels mites and mildew, and in the air cooling process they can also filter it if you have an air purifier installed. But the real benefit, in fact, comes from having the house well closed. If you keep your windows open, then the inside of your house is almost the same environment as the one outside your house, full of pollen.
Air-condition your car
If walking outside causes you to cough and sniff, imagine how you will only be affected by driving through all those pollen clouds at 80 kilometers per hour! Be reasonable - air conditioning your car too. If you are worried about spending too much, remember - what you do, do it for your health.
Install an air purifier
When experts say you are installing an air purifier, they do not mean a cheap bargain on a local storage sale. Room air purifiers retain particles, but can also scatter them around. Then everything gets worse. Then they are only good for removing pollen already in the air.