Allergies

An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees an unfamiliar substance as harmful and overreacts to it. The symptoms that appear as a result are an allergic reaction. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year.

Now that spring is approaching, we have cooler weather, which means that allergy season is among us. Along with cooler weather and changing vegetation, plants are releasing pollen into the air and outdoor molds are growing under fallen leaves, both of which can trigger allergies.

Allergy symptoms can vary, depending on the severity:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Swelling/redness
  • Cough
  • Hives (swollen red bumps on the skin)

Here are some tips for allergy relief.

  • Clean the air filters in your home. The things you come into contact with every day are the ones most likely to trigger your allergies. Clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where dust can collect as well.
  • Vacuum your home on a regular basis.
  • Consider buying a humidifier. By having a well-balanced level of humidity in the air, you can help your nasal pathways be free of mucus.
  • Take your medication as prescribed.
  • If you’ve been outside, take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes. This will help so that you don’t bring allergens into your home. Take your shoes off at the door.
  • Wash everyday items, such as your bedsheets and pillowcases, at least once a week.
  • Keep your doors/windows closed during the spring months, to keep allergens out.
  • Eat healthy foods. Make sure you’re eating fruits and vegetables, and make sure you are drinking enough water as well.

Allergy season is unavoidable, but you can still utilize these tips so that you can feel your best and stay healthy. Remember to see a doctor if over-the-counter medications aren’t providing much relief, or if your symptoms become more severe.

 

Written by Dami Falade

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