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How to Avoid Allergies

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Do The Sneezes Have You Sniffling?

The world is full of allergens. It is impossible to walk out of the door without the threat of floating time bombs assailing you. It may be worse indoors. At least outside the wind will take care of some of them. Inside the air is stale and allergens can be stirred up with the dust. This article discusses some of the new, and time-tested, ways of how to avoid allergies. The world of allergens is split into two distinct groups: indoor and outdoor. Outdoor allergies would seem to be the most prominent because with the amount of pollen, pollution, and fresh grass clippings out there it is impossible to avoid all of them. However, indoor allergens can come from pets, foods, and the dust on the bureau. Not every possible reactant is going to show itself prior to attack either. Therefore, knowing how to avoid allergies is important wherever you are.

How to Avoid Allergies

First you have to determine what is causing the itchy, watery eyes, and the sneezing. Talk to your doctor about the symptoms that you are experiencing.  Simple tests that can be performed by a doctor or an allergist that will pinpoint the culprit. The tests are noninvasive and painless.

Usually there will be certain times of the year when it is impossible for you to do anything outside. By determining these different times of the year you can avoid substances that cause allergies by staying indoors more often during those times. You can also better inform the doctor about what you suspect could be the allergen and what you know it could not be. S/he may be able to prick you with fewer tiny needles if he can narrow it down to a few possible guilty parties.

If your particular allergen is a type of pollen, do not go out at midday during that season. Midday is when the pollen levels are the highest. Continuously trying to determine how to avoid allergies will help you to avoid a dangerous attack. Another way to avoid pollen allergies is to either mow your grass with a mask on, or pay someone else to do it. Mold can be another possible cause. Mold is at its worst outside when it is damp. After a rain storm or around areas that have a constant,  small, stagnant pool of moisture, tread softly. Stay indoors at these times.

Knowing how to avoid allergies inside is also important. Dust mites are a big problem these days. To avoid these nasty wee-little beasts cover pillows, mattresses and box springs with mite proof covers. Indoor mold can be a problem that is easily avoided. Keep sinks and tubs wiped dry. Maintain a humidity level of around 50%. Pet dander can be kept under control if you vacuum and dust frequently. Other tips on how to avoid allergy triggers is to keep pets out of the bedroom and wash them once a week.

Realizing how to avoid allergies is the path to defeating them. Don't invite the allergen into your space, and you can be sure of a safer, clearer life. Don't keep it to yourself. Make sure and consult your physician anytime your symptoms worsen.

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