While it’s true that there isn’t a permanent cure for allergies, there are still some things you can do to keep your triggers away. Although the change in the weather isn’t the only cause of allergic reaction for a lot of people, it may still aggravate the symptoms of these common allergy triggers. Don’t let your allergies hold you back! You may not realize it, especially if you’ve only been experiencing it lately but there are some ways that may help you deal with it before it starts tormenting you.
More and more people are becoming allergic, which isn’t so surprising since places have become more industrialized too. While you can’t help it if you develop allergies, there are ways to at least manage your flare-ups. Here are some ways to do that.
1. Allergen: Dust Mites
Tip: Use allergen-proof encasing for pillows, mattresses, box springs and wash linens in 130-degree temperature every week. They may not be visible to us but they are actually the most common allergy trigger out there. There’s a high concentration of dust mites on your pillows because they like places where human skin flakes are present and are humid. These tips help control them as well as using a vacuum and air purifier that contains HEPA filter to keep off dust mites since they can also be found anywhere in the house.
2. Allergen: Pets
Tip: Test your reaction to a particular breed of pet you wanna get. Those who are allergic to dander shed aren’t necessarily allergic to all pets. Sometimes there are some breeds that don’t affect you the same way. So what you can do is test it out. Try visiting relative or friends house who keep pets to see which one doesn’t trigger your allergies. That is if you really wanna get a dog or cat, but if you want to be completely safe you might as well avoid pets altogether.
3. Allergen: Molds
Tip: Opt for tile down flooring instead of carpet and be particular about the place you want to live
Molds develop in damp and dark places. What you can do is maybe avoid picking an apartment with a basement or if you’re allowed to make some renovations in your place have it tiled down. This should make cleaning easier for you and minimize mold growth.
4. Allergen: Cockroaches
Tip: Arrange extermination of cockroaches for your place and be clean around the house. News flash, cockroaches aren’t just gross but they’re also one of the indoor allergy triggers! It’s not like you need more reason to get rid of them in your house. But knowing they’re health hazard make you more determined. Just make sure that you and your family are not in the house when extermination is done. They also like damp areas so keep food in covered containers all the time, do the dishes right away, don’t keep the trash in the house overnight, and fix leaky faucets and pipes. Seal off cracks and crevices on the wall or windows too.
5. Allergen: Pollen
Tip: Install air purifier, wipe pets down when they return from outdoors, and change clothes and shoes immediately when you get home
You think you’re safe from pollens indoors? Not really since you and your pets bring them in from outside. Good thing you can always install air purifiers with HEPA filter to filter them out, it should eliminate 90% of air particles that managed to sneak into your home.
6. Allergen: Cigarettes
Tip: Quit smoking or at least avoid smoking around children and people with allergies
Even before cigarette smoke became an allergen, we all know it’s an irritant for anyone with breathing problem like asthma. If you know someone in the family is allergic to smoke or have asthma, be sensitive enough to not smoke in the house or whenever they’re around. The same thing when you’re in public transportation or places where it’s crowded.
These are specific things you can do to shield yourself from what your specific trigger is. But if you’re looking into something you can do to help your body become stronger in fighting allergies, you should consider seeking chiropractic care. The close relationship between the nervous system and immune system is good news for chiropractic patients. By improving the communication between the brain and spinal cord, chiropractic care can help regulate and coordinate the body’s reaction to allergens.
This is possible because a chiropractor can strengthen your immune system by manipulating the joints and tissue which can restore the body’s alignment and re-open essential pathways between the brain and spine. This is because misalignment in the spine, especially in the upper cervical point, may compromise immunity and amplify allergic symptoms.
Manual adjustments can also regulate stress hormones, which when out-of-control can make it harder for your body to moderate allergic reactions. Moreover, chiropractic care can also support the respiratory system. Like the immune system, the respiratory system depends on an unimpeded flow of information to and from the brain. Chiropractic care keeps the pathways open, fortifying the respiratory system to better withstand allergic attacks. Your chiropractor can even give recommendations when it comes to your diet and lifestyle which can help improve your overall health and ease your symptoms.