Oh yes, flowers are not the only beauties that bloom come spring time. With them are unstoppable sniffles. Why do I know? I’m one of the many afflicted with it. No one has actually found the reason why this happens. Having said that, I’m sharing with you theories from the expert:
- They say, we’re too clean. When we were babies, if we were exposed to limited amounts of bacteria, this could have helped the immune system to develop “appropriate” reaction to allergens.
- We are more mobile now. Many people don’t develop allergies until they move to another area and encounter a trigger for the first time. This is true with me, as I never used to have allergies until I moved here.
- The homes we live in are too efficient. Our homes are draft- proof thus, it keeps fresh air out. Air-conditioning, heating and carpeting can foster the growth of allergy producing dust mites.
There are action plans that we can do to ease ourselves.
- It pays to know what kind of allergy we have. A skin or blood test can be done by an allergist to know the profile of your allergy triggers.
- Watch what you breathe. After you get the result of the test, you should limit your exposure to triggers.
- Check out over the counter remedies. There’s plenty of antihistamines and decongestants. Some find relief by using nasal spray.
- If OTC does not work, you can ask your doctor for prescription strength nasal and oral steroids.
- Think about getting allergy shots.