Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The springtime can be one of the most difficult times of the season for people suffering from severe allergies or even asthma. It can be quite depressing when the sun is shining and the weather is warming up, but you or your children are stuck indoors. There some simple things you can do to ease your suffering and symptoms this spring, many of which won’t cost you a dime. Here are a few of those simple tips that can make a big difference this spring.
1. Identify and understand your triggers
The most important step for asthma and severe allergy sufferers is to identify and record any possible triggers. Keeping a journal or diary is a great way to record anything that triggers your symptoms. This will allow you to better understand what brings on these symptoms or attacks, and can help you plan to either manage your symptoms better or avoid these triggers in the future. Identifying and keeping record of your triggers is essential to properly managing your allergies or asthma.
2. Regularly clean your home
A clean home is a happy home, especially if you or other members of your household suffer from asthma or allergies. While it may seem like common sense, very few people actually take the time to properly clean their home on a regular basis. Sweeping up dirt, dust and debris from the floor and furniture can help eliminate potential asthma and allergy triggers. Cleaning can also help improve the quality of the air in your home. Extra care should be taken if you have a pet, as pet hair and dander is a major trigger for many. It may be worthwhile investing in a decent quality vacuum or electric broom -- even a simple hand held Dirt Devil or Bissell vacuum cleaner can make a big difference.
3. Be aware of your environment
Asthma and allergy sufferers need to be extra aware of their environment at all times. You can easily overlook certain potential triggers, like pollen or secondhand smoke in the air, until it’s too late and you’re suffering an attack. You also need to be careful when exercising outside, as these particles can travel easily through the air. You should also be careful not to overexert yourself when exercising to ensure you don’t bring on an attack. In this case, knowing your limits as well as your triggers is essential.
4. Pay attention to your diet
Certain types of food and drink can also contribute to an exacerbation of asthma or allergies. Milk can lead to an increase in phlegm, so it is important to limit dairy consumption when you’re struggling with your symptoms. Also, alcohol can be detrimental to your allergies. Again, it is important to keep track of what kinds of food or drink have a negative effect on your symptoms so you’re able to avoid them when necessary.
5. Take a bath!
OK, you don’t have to take a bath, but washing your hands and face can go a long way toward easing your allergy and asthma symptoms. Simply washing with water can remove many harmful particles from your face and hands. This isn’t a once-a-day deal either -- washing several times a day is essential if you really want to ease your symptoms and enjoy the season more. (As an aside, I really hope you’re washing your hands several times a day already....)
In the end, the most important thing to remember when trying to ease asthma and allergy symptoms is to learn exactly what triggers the attacks. Once you know and understand just what the triggers are, you can come up with the right plan to manage your allergies or asthma through either avoiding your triggers or at least limiting your exposure to them.
Mike Tennant is a freelance writer who has covered lifestyle and technology topics for more than four years. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mike currently works with Vacuum-Home.com as a content developer.