Let Go of Stress

A stressful day can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn can exacerbate allergic reactions. Meditate, relax in a warm tub or do any of a myriad of stress-releasing exercises to turn down the cortisol effect.

Keep Your Nose Clean

Pollen sticks to the lining of your nasal passages, according to allergists. You can try a saline sinus rinse, found at any drugstore, to rinse harmful pollen away. If that does not work for you, you can buy a nonprescription herbal nasal spray called NasalCrom (cromolyn sodium) to help prevent allergic reactions in your sinuses.

Banish Dust Mites

Dust mites thrive in environments that are above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and above 50% humidity. Keep your home temperatures in the mid-60?s and humidity at the 40-45% level to rid your home of these pests.

Barriers and Boiling

Thwart dust mites also with mattress covers and pillow encasements that are impervious to the miniscule creatures. You do not literally have to boil your bedding, but washing it frequently in the hottest water the fabric can tolerate will also ban the critters.

Outsource Housekeeping

Dusting and vacuuming stir up dust mites and their droppings, both of which are highly allergenic. In addition to using HEPA filters in your vacuum cleaner, hire someone else to do the dusting and vacuuming and stay out of your house for the two hours it takes the particulates to settle.

Try Acupuncture

One theory is that acupuncture reduces levels of stress and stress hormones. In any case, plenty of anecdotal evidence exists that indicates acupuncture can help with allergies.

Pet Grooming

In addition to banning Fido and Missy from the bedroom, have someone take your pets outside for a good brushing every day. Using a comb dipped in distilled water will trap dander. A once-a-month bath for Fido is also necessary, but more often will dry his skin, making the dander problem worse.

Environmental allergens may be ubiquitous, but with a little effort, you can arrange your life to avoid them as much as possible to prevent the allergic reactions.  When all else fails, therapies ranging from supplements to steroids are available. We will discuss treatment in a later section.



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