These tips to avoid and prevent getting allergy will guide you through some very easy ways, which will prevent you from coming into contact with the risk factors that can cause allergy.
The suggestions explained below help to keep you safe from an allergy at home and your office. They also explain methods to follow when you move outdoors. These tips hold good for adults and children.
Allergy symptoms can be quite a pain, what with a red itching skin rash making you want to scratch all the time, or a blocked nose making breathing difficult or an attack of allergic bronchial asthma.
It becomes all the more difficult when your child suffers from these symptoms and you have to give it the treatment with medicines that could have been avoided in the first place.
There are, however, ways to prevent these allergy attacks in you or your family members. All you have to do is follow these tips religiously.
They could prevent you from being the target of allergens that cause various allergy attacks such as:
- Animal dander from your pets such as cats and dogs
- Dust, smoke, pollution, and airborne pollen
- Insect bites and bee stings
- Eye allergy sources
- Air conditioning allergy
- And more
Special advice to prevent allergy in babies and children
Breastfeed your baby for the first four to six months.This will help increase the immune system of your child. Introduce solid foods from the fourth month onwards.
You could start with the following foods one at a time
- Fruits such as mashed apples, pears, and bananas
- Vegetables such as green vegetables, sweet potatoes, and carrots
- Cereal grains such as rice or oat cereal
This way, you can keep an eye on any food that may cause an allergic reaction in the baby.
Such type of early introduction in the baby significantly reduces the risk of your child developing an allergy to these foods.
Secondly, studies indicate that if children are encouraged to play outdoors, chances are greater that, they will not be allergic to the common allergens such as pollen, dust, smoke, certain plants, later in life.
Their immune system learns to recognize these substances early and does not give that exaggerated response which results in a hypersensitive allergy attack.
Useful methods to prevent allergies
It is also a known fact that familial traits to allergy exist.
So, if allergy runs in your family, you have all the more reason to read these tips carefully and follow them to the “T”
There are certain ways you can adopt to reduce the chances of getting that allergy again. As mentioned in what is allergy and what causes it, an allergy occurs as a result of contact with allergens. wIt could be
- Allergy due to skin contact
- Allergy due to inhalation
- Allergy due to ingestion (eating) an
- Allergy due to injection
- Keeping this in mind, it becomes easier for you to understand the steps explained below. The idea is to keep your house and yourself out of the reach of the allergens.
1. Preventing allergy from pollution
While traveling, use the air conditioning of the car, so that you do not inhale the smoke from outside. If on a two-wheeler, use a breathing mask.
2. Use clean cotton clothes which give proper ventilation to the skin, so that sweat gets evaporated. Always wash new clothes once before wearing them to get rid of the formaldehyde, which is used in new clothes to give them a wrinkle-free look. Formaldehyde is the main culprit that can give you allergy due to clothing.
3. Preventing allergy from dust
The surfaces of furniture in the house should be wiped with a moist absorbent cloth where possible.
The floor of the house should be vacuum cleaned, as sweeping with a broom will let the small particles of dust fly into the air and into your nose and the lungs. This is a potential trigger for an allergic cold or an allergy-induced bronchial asthma attack.
Again, have the floor wiped with an absorbent cloth and use proper detergents. This should be done every single day.
4. Proper ventilation
Keep the house adequately ventilated to rid it of the stale and humid air .
5. Preventing allergy from insect bites and bee stings
Have the windows of your house fitted with mosquito nets to keep out the insects and at the same allowing you to keep the windows open.
6. Avoid carpets in the house.
7. Avoid door mats that are made from fabric.
8. Sofa covers, beddings, curtains and such fabric material are to be washed once a week with warm water, if possible.
9. Do not keep house plants as they will breed dust mites.
10. Use a properly maintained dehumidifier in moist places like the basement, bathroom, and kitchen to keep the humidity low and the mold spores away.
11. If you have a garden house, keep the windows closed, and use an air conditioner, whose filter is regularly cleaned. This will keep the airborne pollen away.
12. If you have to smoke, do it outside in the open.
13. Keep pests, like rodents out of the house.
14. Preventing allergy from pets such as dogs and cats
Animal dander ( tiny scales of skin and hair) is a common allergen. Avoid, therefore, keeping pets if you or your family members are allergy patient.
But, if you have to, then keep them out of your bedroom. Bathe your pets with medicated shampoo every 15 days and brush them every day outside the house. Use a face mask or such thing to cover your face so that you do not inhale the animal dander that is released into the air during brushing.
Wash your hands immediately after petting the animals.
15. Preventing food allergies
Be careful of what you eat. Do not let the common food allergens enter your diet. Always look at labels to see if the stuff that you are buying contains the allergy-causing food or its constituents. Food allergies can cause problems ranging from eczema to life-threatening allergic reactions. Common food triggers include peanuts, tree nuts, cow’s milk, egg, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. Among these egg, dairy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish can cause a more severe reaction. For a more detailed overview, refer to what is allergy and what can cause it
16. Avoiding drug allergy
While taking any medicines, always remind your physician of your allergy, in order that he can avoid giving you the medicines that commonly cause allergy.
17. Preventing eye allergy
Allergic conjunctivitis is seasonal and is the most common form of eye allergy seen in spring, summer, and fall depending on the type of pollen that is airborne. Besides the tips mentioned above, you could follow some more precautions to avoid getting eye allergy. They include:
- Pollen counts are most in the air during the mid-morning and early afternoon. Try and stay indoors during such hours.
- Wear glasses when you venture outdoors.
- Keep windows and doors closed and use an air conditioner to prevent pollen and dust from entering your home and office.
18. Preventing allergy caused by air conditioners
Some people get an attack of allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma when they remain in an air-conditioned room. Though this percentage is low, it can be quite uncomfortable especially in the hot and humid climate.
So, instead of having your sweat bathing you all day,you could do what I suggest below:
- Clean the filter of the a/c regularly to keep it free from dust.
- To keep the risk of allergy at the minimum, keep the temperature as high as you feel comfortable with. 22 degrees Celsius would be ideal.
- An air-conditioned room can get pretty dry at times. Use an air humidifier, which will maintain the humidity at the minimum comfort level, 40% being ideal.
What do these tips tell you? They just give you simple means to avoid coming into contact with common allergens in everyday life. With this principle in mind, you can yourself, devise steps you should take to suit your everyday life routine and needs to prevent and avoid allergy.