Ten Tips for Indoor Allergy Relief
Winter is a hard season to get through. The weather keeps us shut indoors but also stuck with some allergens found within our homes. And these allergens like cockroaches, dust mites, dander, and mold can actually trigger cold-and flu-like symptoms, according to immunologist Joan Lehach.
“If you experience more than nine days of continuing congestion, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and nasal drip, chances are good that you are reacting to the presences of either dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander, or mold somewhere in your home, office, or school,” Dr. Lehach said.
Luckily Dr. Lehach has ten tips to help control these symptoms.
1) Inspect Your Home For Mold.
Mold can be found on your shower curtains as well as your wallpaper, carpets, and sink. Studies have shown that straight vinegar can remove 82 percent of mold or there are other options like tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract.
2) While You’re At It, Check for Cockroaches.
Whether cockroaches are dead or alive, they are able to trigger problems within people’s respiratory symptoms. Hire professionals to help you find their nesting areas as well as the areas they have been traveling in order to rid the dust containing molecules cockroaches leave behind.
3) Keep Humidity Low.
According to Dr. Lehach, indoor humidity higher than 50 percent will breed dust mites.
4) Your Animals Could Be To Blame.
Pet allergies are no joke. And some still choose to own a pet despite their allergies. If that’s the case, you need to clean your house of the pet dander spreading around. A small HEPA air purifier in each room will do the trick. Other unwanted pets (think mice) might be living in your house and spreading the same dander as your dog or cat. Have your house searched and remove any mice that are found.
5) Find Relief from Your Symptoms
Rootology, a blend of 13 concentrated Chinese herb extracts and vitamins, is a great way to stop your allergy symptoms dead in their tracks in 20 minutes or less. Other natural ways to help yourself is to use nasal rinses, take quercetin supplements, or give acupuncture a try.
6) Change Up Your Diet.
Processed, packaged foods are the main culprits in the weakening of your immune system. And if your immune system is down, the chances of experiencing your allergies in full force is high. Defend yourself by eating berries like blackberries and blueberries, and stock up on multivitamin supplements and digestive enzymes.
7) Choose to Sleep.
Getting ample amounts of sleep is important no matter what health condition you are dealing with. In this case, if you are getting less than eight hours of sleep on a regular basis, your immune system is once again weakened and your allergies are able to attack easily. To help fall asleep, turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime. It will give your body and brain the time it needs to get ready for healthy sleep.
8) Hydration Is Key for Success.
You guessed it, by not drinking enough water, your body will become dehydrated and dry nasal mucosa. What does this mean? It means your nasal lining may develop microscopic cracks which allow the allergens found within your home to enter your bloodstream. Not sure how much water to drink? According to the Institute of Medicine, men need about 13 cups of beverages a day, while women need about nine cups.
9) Set Your Washer to Hot.
Do you already wash your bedding frequently? If so, you are on the right path, but make sure you are choosing the hot setting, or at least at a temperature of at least 130 degrees. The heat will properly neutralize allergens, making your bed a safe zone and not a danger zone.
10) Continue to Wash Your Hands.
This can never be said enough. By washing your hands—and your face for that matter—any dander, mold, or dust on your skins’ surface will be washed away instead of being inhaled. Remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds under warm or cold water.
'Samples for Symptoms'
Dr. Lehach has arranged with the manufacturer to send free samples of Rootology to any winter allergy sufferer who Tweets a photo of themselves coughing, sneezing, wiping their watery eyes, or blowing their runny nose, while supplies last. Use the hash tags: "#BreatheFree with #Rootology".
ABOUT JOAN LEHACH, MD (www.joanlehachmd.com) An integrative medicine physician specializing in allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, Dr. Joan Lehach has 27 years of experience treating patients in the New York City area and has the largest solo asthma and allergy practice in the Bronx.