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Allergens, like pollen, dust mites, smoke fumes, etc., can give some people sneezing fits and watery eyes; in others who are prone to respiratory problems, it can cause an asthma attack. These allergens create a feeling of restlessness when they enter the body and create a blockage in the body.
Since it's virtually impossible to control the environment around us or live in a sterile environment all the time, people with asthma know their triggers and learn how to prevent an attack. Here are some of the tips to keep in mind.
The pollen count in the air is the highest between 5AM and 10 AM, so avoid stepping outside in this time. Keep the doors and windows closed and use an air conditioner with a clean air filter. If you have to go out, consider wearing a mask over your nose so that you aren't affected by the pollen.
Dust mites feed on shed human skin cells and live in the fibres of the carpet and our upholstery. Since they take in moisture from their surroundings, dust mites prefer living where it is warm, dark, and slightly damp. To avoid them, wrap your pillows in allergen-proof covers and wash the sheets once a week in hot water. Also, don't let dust accumulate inside your house and make sure your rooms are well-ventilated so that they don't become damp and musty.
If you have pets, get them tested for allergens. Bathe your pet every week and follow a strict 'no pet in the bedroom' rule. You can also use sprays that claim to reduce pet allergens.
Keep the humidity of your home in check. If the moisture content is above 40%, invest in a dehumidifier or air conditioner. This will help dry out the air and slow down the growth of mold and dust mites.
Get regular pest control done from professional exterminators to avoid insect infestation in your house. Always clean crumbs of food that fall to the ground or inside your carpet and wipe out the oil stains near the stove. To prevent mold, keep your kitchen and bathroom clean and dry. Run an exhaust fan when you cook and take a shower to reduce the humidity.
Inhaled allergens can cause a massive discomfort for asthma patients as it leads to hard and rough breathing. Gardening can stir up pollen and mould. Wear a HEPA mask while working outside to prevent attacks.
Those who suffer from severe allergies might find that life becomes fairly restrictive as they may hesitate stepping out of their homes out of fear. However, a few precautionary measures can make things a lot easier. Also, don’t forget to consult your Jiva doctor who can prescribe a customized course of treatment for your allergies. Who knows - you might be able to live free and breathe free in no time at all.
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