For safety’s sake, always test a new over-the-counter antihistamine at home. Many of them contain ingredients that can make you drowsy or impair your reflexes. Even if no harsh warnings are listed on the product packaging, take the first few doses at a time when you can just lounge on the sofa and don’t have to get behind the wheel.
Did you know that those whimsically named “dust bunnies” are really just jumbles of horrifying substances, including pet hair and dander, dust mites, and their feces and even insect parts? They are allergy attacks waiting to happen! Get rid of them on a daily basis, using a broom or vacuum.
Dry your clothes indoors. While hanging clothes outdoors to dry is good for the environment, it is not so good, if you suffer from allergies. Laundry that is hanging outside acts as an efficient pollen catcher, ensuring that the next time you wear those clean clothes, you will be reaching for the antihistamines.
If you suffer from allergies, it is best that you do not have carpets in your home. And if you do insist on having carpets, get allergy care ones. Carpets hold dusts and other particles that will send your allergies out of control, even if you do clean them often.
Since exercise increases the amount of air your lungs take in, if you have pesky allergies, keep your workouts indoors. All of the pollen and other particulates that trigger your allergic reactions will get into your system much quicker and in a greater amount when doing any strenuous activity outdoors.
Whenever possible, choose tile, linoleum, or hardwood floors over carpeting. Even with regular vacuuming, carpet traps dust, pollen, pet dander, and many other common allergens. Solid floor types are easier to keep clean and allergen-free. If you prefer the soft feeling of carpet, rugs can be used. Area rugs trap less irritants, are easier to keep clean, and less expensive to replace wallpaper.