Allergies can really take the fun out of summer. If your eyes are constantly streaming and your throat is horribly scratchy, it can be very difficult to relax and enjoy the nice weather. The worst part? You aren’t even safe indoors!
In this post, we’re going to look at the most common indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms, and at what you can do to fight them.
Indoor and Outdoor Allergy Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms of allergies is teary eyes. Teary eyes can happen outdoors due to pollen and can happen indoors due to pollen that has followed you inside. Teary eyes can also be caused by dander – but that’s less of an issue if you don’t have a long-haired pet.
If your bedroom window is right by your back garden or near plants and shrubs to which you may be allergic, that location may be exacerbating your problem. Move upstairs or to the back of the house where you’ll get less-bombarded by pollen, and you might start to feel better.
If you can’t move your bedroom or don’t have any plants outside that are clearly to blame, consider using net curtains. These will let you open your window while keeping small amounts of pollen from passing through.
Histamines are the chemicals produced by the body to trigger an allergic response. This isn’t a bad thing: in fact, the immune response is useful in a variety of situations. But when this response goes into overdrive, taking over-the-counter antihistamines can help alleviate problems.
A scratchy throat can likewise be a sign of hay fever. This can also be caused by other indoor triggers, such as mold spores. Mold isn’t good for anyone, but some people have specific allergies that make matters worse.
The same is also true for dust!
Have a Spoonful of Honey Before Bed
Fortunately, one natural solution that many people find helpful is to take a teaspoon of honey just before they go to bed. This works because it helps to line the throat thus making it feel less scratchy but also because it’s thought to contain some natural antihistamines that lessen the effects of the allergy.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water can often offer allergy relief. Drinking water helps to dilute the mucus and phlegm that causes so much of the congestion problem. Simply staying well-hydrated can prevent you from having to cough up nasty lumps of mucus and can also help to soothe your throat.
Another option is to get an air filter or purifier. These work in a variety of ways, but generally involve passing air through some form of carbon filter while extracting harmful elements from the air. These can help to remove mold spores, bacteria, viruses, dust, pollen, and dander from the air.
A runny nose is another common symptom of allergy, as your body will attempting to flush the invading elements out of you through any means possible.
If your nose is constantly running, then a steam bowl may offer some natural allergy relief. Simply put your head several inches over a bowl of boiling hot water and then drape a towel over the top of your head. This will trap you in with the hot steam which you’ll then naturally breathe in. The hot water will break up the mucus and it will run out easily, taking with it any remaining pollen, etc. that could be still causing problems.
Lethargy and Illness
If your immune system is constantly running high due to allergies, you may feel exhausted and fatigued. It can also cause you to become more prone to illness. This is particularly true where your allergy might be caused by such things as mold spores, bacteria, or even food intolerances.
If you find that you are feeling constantly run down, you should consider speaking with your doctor about finding the potential causes and addressing them.
A remediation service can look for two things that might be triggering your allergies in particular: mold and pests. Many infestations cause droppings that trigger allergic reactions, while mold can hide under floorboards and other places where it can’t be seen.
Immunotherapy is a process of treating allergies permanently by training the immune system not to react to them. Speak to your doctor or allergy specialist about this treatment.
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