The single best strategy for allergy symptom relief is to avoid your allergy triggers, things like dust mites, pollen, animal dander and molds. That works better than any medicine experts can dream up.
But it is also one of the hardest things to do for your allergies, because we can never really get rid of our environmental triggers totally. Still, any efforts you CAN make in that direction will definitely benefit you. So, it's worth doing.
Here are five things you can remove from your environment right away to help with allergy relief:
1. Carpeting. Dust mites, one of the most common allergy triggers, love carpets, even throw rugs. They burrow down in the fibers and it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of them, even with vacuuming. So, people with allergies will benefit immensely from removal of carpets in favor of wood, laminate or tile flooring. If you must use throw rugs for warmth, buy machine washable ones and wash them weekly in hot water.
2. Indoor plants. Potting soil, in an indoor warm environment, is the perfect medium for mold, which is another common allergy trigger. If you must have plants, don't overwater them. Better yet, let someone else care for them. Or, think about having artificial plants instead.
3. Pets in the Bedroom. I'm not going to tell you to get rid of your pet. Being a pet lover myself, I know that's not really an option for most people. After all, they're part of our family, aren't they? But you can keep them out of your bedroom, and especially off your bed. Since you spend so many hours there, you will get tremendous benefit from eliminating (or at least reducing) animal dander from your sleeping environment.
4. Knicknacks. All those little figurines, dried flowers, etc. are dust collectors, and with dust comes dust mites. By reducing the amount of knicknacks in your home, you'll also reduce the amount of dust mites. Plus, you'll save yourself from having to dust them in the firstplace. And, in my book, less housework is always a good thing!
5. Scented candles. Even if you never burn a candle, the perfume from it can still irritate already inflamed airways. There are unscented candles available now, or you can even get battery operated varieties that put off an attractive glow, but no scent and no smoke.
These are just a few of the relatively easy changes you can make to your environment that will have big payoffs. So, make a New Year's resolution to adopt one of these changes each week and before you know it, your allergy symptoms may be much less frequent and severe!
Published On: December 31, 2008