THE ALLERGY SALUTE!
By Kristin Topham Homze, NP, AE-C
You may have noticed an increase in the Allergy Salute!
What is that, you say?
It is the quintessential sign of an itchy, stuffy, runny nose due to allergies! Allergy season is in full bloom!
What causes Allergies?
When you’re exposed to an allergen, antibodies release a number of immune system chemicals, such as histamine, that cause allergy symptoms. Common allergy triggers include: Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and mold.
Pollen Allergies: Try showering daily to wash away the pollen that you were exposed to during the day. Use air conditioning instead of opening the windows to cool off. Definitely avoid using a clothesline, use a dryer instead to dry your clothes.
Furry Friend Allergies: If you notice that exposure bothers you, then avoidance is key! If you own any furry friends, do try to keep them out of the bedrooms. By the way, there are NO hypoallergenic dogs, despite commercial claims.
Dust Mites: These critters are microscopic and you will never see them, thank goodness! You spend the largest clock of time in one spot, in your bedroom. Decreasing your exposure by using dust mite proof mattress and pillow encasings will help. Also, wash your sheets and bedding in piping hot water once a week.
Mold: Beware of the basement! If you should notice a musty smell or you know that your basement is moldy, then run a dehumidifier and rig a hose system to the outside of your home, so that you don’t have to keep emptying the bucket.
These are very common ways to decrease exposure at home, to common allergens. When your allergy symptoms are too much to handle, it is time to visit the Allergist! We have many “life friendly” remedies to decrease allergic reactions. Make an appointment here at our Haverhill, RiverWalk, or Newburyport, MA location.