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Top Ten Tips to Prevent Allergy Attacks

Espinal : Colombia | Aug 19, 2011 at 7:11 PM PDT
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There are several allergy-causing substances, the most common being pollen, dust mites, mold, insect stings, animal dander, food, medications, and latex. If you have an allergy, symptoms may include eye irritation, headache, congestions, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These are only a few symptoms of allergy attack.

The following states ten easy tips you can use to prevent allergy exposure, therefore reducing your risk on an attack.

·It is important to keep your windows closed when there are high pollen counts in your area or when mowing the lawn. This will help prevent outdoor allergies from getting indoors.

·Turn your air conditioner on and use HEPA filters to clean your air. In making sure you clean or change your filters you are reducing the amount of dust and other allergens in your home.

·Use a dehumidifier in areas such as your basement or garage to keep humidity levels less than 50%, as this can greatly prevent the growth of mold.

·Do not allow any form of smoking in your home.

· Try to avoid areas such as basements, garages, barns, and crawl spaces as much as possible, but wear a mask when this is unavoidable. This will keep you from breathing as many allergens.

·Vacuum your carpet frequently to prevent allergens from settling in as badly and use a clothes dryer rather than hanging your clothes outside on line. Also, wash your bed-clothes, curtains, and blinds frequently to remove dust mites and other allergens that gather on them.

·For allergy-free decorating you must avoid carpeting and throw rugs, some indoor plants, storing firewood in you house, and blinds or curtains that cannot be washed.

· Try to keep your pets outside as much as popular, as pet dander and loose can trigger attacks. If you do have indoor pets, take them outside to brush them and bathe them at least once a week. If you are allergic, have someone else clean litter pans and consider buying an air filtration system to reduce pet dander in your home.

· If you have spent a lot of time outdoors, change clothes upon coming indoors to prevent bringing pollen and dust inside with you. Also, take a shower or bath before going to bed to wash away the pollen and spores that stick to your hair and skin. This will prevent the allergens from getting into your bed.

·Watch your local news or look in the newspaper for reports of your areas pollen counts. You may also access this information at the National Allergy Bureau's website. This can help you be aware of the allergies present and make is easier to plan your activities for the day.

I hope these tips are helpful to you in preventing exposure to substances that cause allergy attacks. These simple precautions combined with the effort of your physician can lead to a healthier life with less allergy attacks.

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