If you're allergic to food, pollen or any other environmental triggers, finding ways to control your allergies is challenging. With the right tips, you can get your allergies under control. Here are four allergy management tips:
1. Find the source of your allergy
If you have one kind of allergy, this may mean that you also have another type that you may not be aware of. For example, if you have a food allergy, you may also be allergic to pollen. Having an undiagnosed allergy makes it more difficult to control your other allergies. You may think your allergy treatments aren't working due to the undetected allergy. To determine all your allergen triggers, make an appointment with an allergy physician. He or she will perform skin tests to determine all your triggers.
2. Be vigilant about cleaning
You must keep your home as allergen free as possible. You may need to clean twice as often as a regular household. Here are some tips:
- Vacuum at least twice a week. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter.
- Dust twice a week and wear a face mask to prevent an allergic reaction.
- Wash your curtains, rugs, and bedding every other week. Vacuum upholstery that can't be placed in a washer, like your couch cushions.
- Spray your shower, bath, and sinks with a mold inhibitor.
3. Regulate your kitchen
If you have food allergies, the best way to avoid a reaction is by banning the food. However, if there are other people in your home who enjoy the food, this may not be possible. If you can't ban the food, you must be strict with your kitchen environment. Here are guidelines:
- Make sure everyone washes their hands and wipes down all surfaces after preparing food.
- All containers and leftovers must be labeled.
- Use separate cutting boards, dishes, pots, pans, silverware, and utensils. Choose dishes in your favorite color and keep them in a separate cupboard.
- When preparing food use the vent hood or open a window to prevent the allergen from becoming airborne.
4. Keep your furry friend
If you discover you have an allergy to your dog or cat, there is no need to give him or her away unless you have a severe reaction. There are ways to control your pet allergy that allow your pet to stay with you. Here are some tips:
- Give your pet a bath once per week.
- Place protective plastic slips over your pillow and mattress. Wash the slips at least once a week.
- Place HEPA filters throughout your home, especially in your central heat and air system.
- Use an air purifier.
- Make sure your bedroom is a pet free zone.
These are four ways you can manage your allergies. For more information and tips, make an appointment with an allergy specialist.