Seasonal allergies are an exceedingly common ailment; many of us will struggle with allergies to things like pollen at one point or another in our lives. If you struggle with allergies, you may be surprised to know that there are many different options available to you to help manage your symptoms.
Monitor pollen forecasts and plan accordingly. If you have access to the internet, many of the popular weather forecasting sites have a section dedicated to allergy forecasts including both air quality and pollen counts. On days when the count is going to be high, keep your windows closed and limit your time outdoors.
Ventilate bathrooms in your house well by opening windows, so that mold has less of a chance to grow. Mold loves to grow in moist bathrooms, and this is especially true if your bathroom is dark. Therefore, you should ensure that you hang washcloths and wet towels on a bar, and after you shower, turn on the fan. If your bathroom does not contain a fan, open a window to help remove the moisture.
Many people experience dull, throbbing headaches as a symptom of their allergies but overlook the actual cause. Painkillers may offer some relief from the pain but do not address the underlying problem. Even though antihistamines are not considered pain relievers, taking one can treat the allergic reaction itself and therefore, eliminates the headache.
To keep allergies under control indoors, you should use an air conditioner so that you do not have to open windows. You should also consider putting a filter in your air conditioner, in order to filter any outdoor impurities that are trying to sneak their way into your home.
Protect your hair. If you have mid-length to long hair, you probably already know that spending time outdoors means coming back with pollen in your hair. Mold, spores and other allergens become trapped in your hair and may then come into contact with your pillow at night. If possible, tuck all of your hair into a hat whenever you go outside for longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
While face masks may not be the most fashionable accessory available, wearing one outdoors on high pollen count days can spare you some of the discomfort of allergy symptoms. Masks are extremely cheap and can be purchased from home improvement centers or medical supply stores. Alternately, cover your nose and mouth with a bandana.
Many doctors are more than willing to write prescriptions for the latest and greatest allergy medications, but some are utterly clueless about the high price tag. If you are having a hard time paying for these medications, ask for samples or contact the drug manufacturer to inquire about patient assistance programs.
You do not have to accept allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, a runny nose, and difficulty breathing as simply inevitable. There are many things that you can do to gain relief from seasonal allergies; hiding out inside is no longer your only option! So go out and enjoy the world!