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I have terrible allergies year round both indoor and outdoor. I’ve had them my whole life. As a little kid, I had allergy shots. I even remember my first allergy tests — so not fun. I went back to allergy shots as an adult but had three different anaphylactic reactions, so I had to stop taking them.
I have an allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes and throat. Because of this, when I’m aware I’m exposing myself to known allergens, I do a lot of preventative measures to prevent any reactions. My husband has allergies as bad as mine, so I try to manage both of us when it comes to our allergies acting up.
Here are my top TEN ways I stop allergies in their tracks:
#1 Take a daily allergy medication. The biggest way for both of us to get relief and prevent allergies is with daily allergy medication. Our choice is Xyzal® Allergy 24HR, now available over the counter at CVS. It comes in a variety of sizes from 10 ct to 35 ct, 55 ct, and even 80 ct.
I love this allergy medicine because not only is it a 24-hour allergy relief that doesn’t fade, but it is also clinically proven to give you relief in 60 minutes! Plus, it’s available in full prescription strength over the counter! That’s 24 hours of relief from indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms, such as:
- runny nose
- itchy watery eyes
- itchy nose or throat
Allergies also make sleeping a battle for both of us. I am a total mouth breather because of allergies, and I always need to have my head elevated to avoid a runny nose. For my husband, he tends to snore when his allergies are in kicking in, which also keeps me awake.
Xyzal is different because it helps you get a better night’s sleep due to relief of allergy symptoms. It’s recommended to be taken at night. I can wake up feeling ready for a new day. Make sure to read the product labeling and use Xyzal accordingly.
#2 Don’t sleep with pets. This is a hard one for me because I love to snuggle up to my dog. However, his dander can get all over my bedding not to mention the pollen from him being outside.
#3 Avoid houseplants. Houseplants can be a source of mold from the damp warm water kept in the dirt. Mold spores can be a big allergen for people with indoor allergies.
#4 Run the air conditioner to keep humidity down, to avoid mold, and to keep pollen out of your house. Make sure to check your filter regularly to change it as needed.
#5 Wash from head to toe. If you’ve been exposed to allergens, immediately head to the shower and wash your entire body from head to toe.
My worst allergic reactions are to cats or fresh cut grass. When I’ve been exposed to either one of these, I jump in the shower and wash everything. If I don’t, I start sneezing and my throat starts itching, and before I know it, my allergy symptoms are here. I have found that rinsing off isn’t enough to stop the allergy symptoms, so I completely soap myself down. By the time I’m out of the shower the allergy symptoms have improved. I make my husband do the same thing, and it helps his allergy symptoms as well.
#6 Keep the windows closed. This can be a hard one when it feels so nice outside, but this should especially be done in the morning hours when pollen counts are the highest. You do not want a houseful of pollen when you have allergies. This is also true for the car. We keep the windows closed and the air conditioner running on inside air to avoid pollen and allergens.
#7 Get rid of carpets. We are in the process of finding new flooring for our current home, and it’s definitely not going to be carpet. Carpet can harbor dust mites and mold and hold onto pollen and animal dander as well. Before we moved here, we had a rental house that was completely ceramic tile. I could definitely tell a difference in my allergy issues after moving from an apartment full of carpet to that house, and I can’t wait to do the same here with wood or ceramic tile flooring.
#8 Avoid upholstered furniture and get leather or vinyl furniture. Leather and vinyl furniture is so much easier to wipe down to remove dust mites or pollen because these things can become embedded in upholstered fabric.
#9 After being outdoors, remove shoes outside and put clothing immediately in the wash. This is my biggest rule in our house. If we are out doing yard work or running around and getting covered in pollen, I immediately take a shower and remove any clothing directly to the washer. Not only does it help prevent allergies from flaring up, but it also helps everyone else from reacting to the pollen on my clothes.
It’s become second nature to my husband when he comes in the house after yard work. He puts everything in the washer and immediately runs to the shower. Just doing these two things has cut down on a lot of his own allergy issues.
#10 Regularly wash bedding. Dust mites are a big allergen in people with indoor allergies. Washing bedding regularly helps remove that helps keep them at bay.
Do you have any tips to combat your allergy issues?