How to protect yourself from seasonal allergies

How to protect yourself from seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergies, as suggested by the name, are caused by the change of season. It could be pollen or dust, or even the humidity. If you are someone who usually gets allergies when seasons shift, here are some tips for you to avoid getting sick, or at least keep your symptoms in control:

Spring Cleaning

Though it is spring cleaning, it is recommended that you thoroughly clean your home every couple of months (or every change of season). The reason for this is simple. When you keep your surroundings clean, you have a lower chance of triggering your allergies.

Some of the things you can do to avoid allergic reactions are:

  • Wash and change your bedding and pillow cases bi-weekly.
  • Get your AC filters and ducts clean. They can collect duct and trigger allergic reactions.
  • Vacuum your carpets and mats regularly. Clean them at the beginning of each season.
  • Clean the top of your cupboards, dust your shelves regularly.

Self Care

  • Wear a mask when going out during allergy season or on days when there is a lot of humidity or pollen.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Wear covered clothes if you’re going camping or outdoors for a picnic to avoid insect bites.
  • Wear a cap or a hat to protect your hair and face from attracting dust and pollen.
  • Change your clothes and shower whenever you come from outside during allergy season so you steer clear of allergens that couldn possibly stick to your body, hair or clothes.

Stock up on Over the counter medications

If you usually get allergic reactions often, or your allergies flare up during change of seasons, it is a good idea to experiment with Over the counter medications to see if they relieve your symptoms. If over the years you have already discovered what works for you, you should stock it up ahead of time.

Some of the common anti allergy drugs are:

  • Antihistamine
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Cetirizine

In addition, you can always ask your local pharmacist which brand and type are available or suitable.

If you have flu or flu-like symptoms because of your allergies, you can always record and monitor them by downloading the Flu Checker application to be sure you don’t have any symptoms that require medical attention. Allergies come and go, but in times of Covid-19, one needs to take care of their health more than ever.

If you don’t want to take OTC drugs, salt water gargles help with itchy and irritable throats and steam helps clear out your air passages.

Dietary Care

In addition to all the points stated above, dietary care is also important to boost up your immune system. During the allergy season, a strong immune system reduces inflammation and lessens the impact of the allergic reaction.

Some foods you should consider including in your diet are:

  • Peppers, Parsley, Onions and Berries which contain antihistamines naturally
  • Walnuts, Cashews and Flax Seeds have anti-allergic properties which prevent allergies.
  • Citrus fruits contain Vitamin C and are good for the immune system

In short, one should consume healthy food that boosts the immune system and reduces the onset of allergies and the aggravation of allergic symptoms.

We hope you found the information in this article useful. Let us know if there are any helpful tips that we have missed out in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the types of seasonal allergies?

Dust, Pollen, Animal dinder and mold are the different kinds of seasonal allergies

How are seasonal allergies caused?

These are caused from exposure to airborne substances (such as pollens) that appear only during certain times of the year.

What are the common types of anti allergy drugs?

Antihistamine, Diphenhydramine and Cetirizine are the different kinds of anti allergy drugs

What foods should we eat to avoid or restrict these allergies?

Foods containing vitamin C, walnuts, cashews and foods containing antihistamines can restrict allergies.

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