Allergy errors make bad symptoms even worse
Allergy sufferers who fall victim to common myths about treatments that make the rounds during this time of year could end up prolonging their symptoms. For example, while many believe that medication should first be taken when allergy symptoms appear, those with allergies should actually try to take drugs the night before a day that is expected to have a high pollen count.
Similarly, some allergy sufferers make critical errors that increase their symptoms and reduce the effectiveness of treatments. CBS News recently revealed the most common mistakes people make during allergy season:
♦ Leaving windows open: As tempting as it may be to let fresh air into the home after a long winter, homeowners could also be letting in pollen. When these irritants infiltrate the home, they can reduce the effectiveness of HEPA air purifiers and provide residents with no escape from irritants.
♦ Allowing pets in the bedroom: Even homeowners who keep their windows closed could undermine the healthy environment of a bedroom by allowing a pet to spend time there. Individuals spend several hours sleeping, so if they are constantly breathing in irritants – carried by pets – during that time, their symptoms could become worse. Pets should be kept out of bedrooms, and especially away from bedding.
♦ Exercising during peak pollen hours: Pollen levels are typically higher during the morning and early afternoon, which are common times when people exercise outside. Allergy sufferers should instead work out in the evenings and only on days with reasonable pollen levels.
Allergy sufferers should also avoid one of the most common mistakes of all – denial. Many refuse to admit that they may suffer from allergies. Instead of seeing a doctor to receive a diagnosis, they just suffer through allergy season, even though their quality-of-life could vastly improve if they were to receive immunotherapy or other advanced treatments.