How to Deal With Allergic Rhinitis
Having to live with allergic rhinitis is a pain. When you wake up in the morning the first thing you do is sneeze. When you go out, your nose feels like it’s blocked. Some people even ask why you always have a cold.
It gets worse when you’re locked in a room where fresh air can’t circulate. You always have to have something to wipe your nose on, nasal spray, a face mask and the ever-reliable over-the-counter antihistamines for allergies.
What Are the Symptoms?
The reaction to contact with allergen is almost immediate. Your nose starts to itch. Any part of your face could also start to itch like your eyes, throat and mouth. People with allergic rhinitis tend to have puffy eyes as well.
You’d have difficulty smelling because your nose is stuffy. You’d start to sneeze, have runny nose and your eyes will water. Sometimes you’d cough especially if your nose is too congested that the mucus has no other way out except through your throat.
Remember that your nasal passages are also connected to your throat as well as your ears. Some people experience difficulty in hearing and sore throat as a consequence. Clogged nose and ears could cause headache because it upsets the balance on your head.
What Should I Avoid?
When allergies run in your family, there’s a small chance of avoiding it. Sometimes all it takes is for one parent to pass on that trait to the children.
The most common allergens are pollen, dust mites, mold spores, flakes of skin, and even saliva and urine from animals.
Looking at that list, you’d naturally want to avoid body products that are scented, loose powder that can irritate your nose, as well as flowers, cigarette smoke, sprays, fumes, and wood smoke. If you have to go out, always take a face mask with you to minimize contact and bring an emergency kit that contains all that you need like antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal spray.
When not managed properly, it can lead to sinusitis, ear infections and nasal polyps.
What Should I Do?
There is no treatment for allergic rhinitis. The best way to reduce the symptoms is to avoid the causes as much as possible. Make sure to go for a check-up so that the doctor can prescribe medication for other conditions like asthma and other types of allergies. Remember that allergies can run in the families so other types of allergies may also be present.
Always have antihistamines and a nasal spray ready. Clean your nasal passages everyday using a saline solution. Gargle with water and salt if you have a sore throat. Keep a stock of decongestants and corticosteroids for severe symptoms.
Keep your house always clean and well-ventilated. Remember to use a mask when you clean to avoid inhaling dirt and dust. If you have pets, train them not to sit on the chairs and bed. They should have an area of their own for sleeping and eating. Groom them regularly to reduce shedding.
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