Night time allergies like asthma, nasal congestion, and sinusitis are two of the most prevalent allergies affecting many Americans. Minor allergic reactions are expressed in the form of runny nose, stuffed up nose, watery eyes, sneezing, irritated throat, and dry cough. In fact, 75 million Americans deal with this once the allergy season hits its peak. Allergy season, for the benefit of those in the dark, reaches its peak during the months of March, April, May, and June.
What is an allergy exactly? An allergy is the body’s exaggerated reaction to a foreign substance like pollen and mold. Both are actually harmless to the body but the body’s system puts up a defense just the same releasing a chemical called “Histamine” to combat these foreign substances. It’s futile really because “Histamine” does not kill anything. Instead, it causes the body to produce allergic reactions, thus the sneezing, watery eyes, and so forth.
If you’re being robbed of a good night’s sleep because of night time allergies, here are some ways to prevent them from occurring often:
Congestion. A Stuffed up nose can be relieved by putting a dab of Vicks Vapor Rub on your lower lip, on the spot below your nostrils to open up your nasal pathways. Try placing mint leaves on a bowl of water to help you breathe easier, too. Anything stronger than these remedies should have a doctor’s green light.
Close it when you’re not in it. Windows and doors, that is. As soon as you head out the door for work, close the windows in your bedroom, lock the doors down (naturally) to keep allergens put. It’s true you will be exposed to it once you are out the door but that cannot be helped. However, you can control what gets into your home and bedroom.
Ask your doctor for allergy shots. Desensitizing shots will make you immune to allergies. This is going to take some time because the shots are spread out over a course of three years. If you can take the wait and commit to the process, there is an absolute great chance of 100% immunity from allergies.
Wash your sheets and pillowcases. Once week, bundle these up, throw these in hot water, pour in mild laundry detergent, and wash as usual to kill dust mites and pollen.
Change your clothes as soon as you get home. Make it a rule to change into fresh clothes as soon as you or anyone from your household comes home from school or work. Airborne allergens love to settle on clothes and will hit you badly with allergies if you keep these on after a long day outside. Change into fresh clothes and then if possible, launder your dirty clothes right away.
Take a shower and wash your hair. Before retiring for the day, take a shower to remove grime from your skin and wash your hair to rid it of allergens that took refuge in the strands.
Turn on your humidifier. A humidifier cleans the air, keeps hot air out, and welcomes cool air in.
Get your pet off your bed. Sure you’re a pet lover but even if your pet smells good and has had all his shots, he will make you endure allergies once he leaves his fur accumulating on your sheets, pillow, and mattress. It’s okay to make your pet run around your home but keep him out of your bed.
One of the most effective prevention of night time allergies is to become obsessed with cleaning and never to allow dust to accumulate anywhere inside your home.