Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is the swelling or soreness of the nasal membranes. Symptoms include sneezing, postnatal drip, headache, earache, red eyes, itching (eyes, nose, palate, and ears), drowsiness, and others. To manage these, you can do some home treatments or take over-the-counter medications or as prescribed by your doctor. There are also cases when taking allergy shots is necessary. Your doctor may inject small dosages of allergens under your skin. This will aid your body in become accustomed to allergens to experience less severe or fewer symptoms.
Allergic rhinitis, however, can lead to complications. You may suffer from acute sinusitis, apnea or sleep disturbance, otitis media, palatal abnormalities, overbite due to extreme breathing through the mouth, and others. To avoid these, you can do some ways to avoid allergic rhinitis attacks.
1. Give your pet a specific place in your home in case you are allergic to dogs, cats, birds, and other warm-blooded animals. Do not go near it. Do not even bring your pet to your bedroom. If the effects of your allergic rhinitis are severe, you should consider giving it to a friend whom you know will take care of it.
2. Do not just buy pillows and comforters. You have to check what they are made of before making a purchase. Those that are made of feathers and foam rubbers should not be used for a longer period of time (say five years) as they will definitely trigger your allergies.
3. Make your home allergy-proof. Always dust furniture and carpet, and sweep and mop the floor. See to it that windows are closed tightly to prevent dust from getting inside your home, particularly your bedroom. Clean your bedding, carpets, curtains, air conditioner and others regularly. It is always best to use vacuum cleaner than broom and other similar cleaning materials because they even make the dust circulate in your home.
4. Either you do not keep books, decorative items and stuffed toys in your home or you dust them off on a regular basis. It is also important to run an air purifier inside your home.
5. You should sleep with your head raised to avoid experiencing nasal congestion at night. Likewise, stay hydrated. Drink eight glasses of water every day to slacken the excretions in your throat and nose. You should also exercise regularly.
6. As much as possible, stay inside while it is still morning because pollen counts are at their peak during this time. Likewise, do not stay outside when the grasses, trees, and weeds are budding.
7. Use an air conditioner to minimize humidity inside the home, as well as to avoid the growth of mildew and mold. Buy the one that has HEPA filters to capture allergens. Clean these filters on a regular basis.
It is easier to do these tips than to deal with allergic rhinitis attacks. Hence, you need to consider following these and others as advised by your doctor than to suffer from illness.