How to Prevent Hay Fever
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Allergic rhinitis, commonly called hay fever, is the reaction your body has to indoor and outdoor
allergens such as pet dander, dust or pollen. Hay fever, thus, doesn't mean you're allergic to hay.
Although hay fever isn't the result of a virus, it causes symptoms similar to what you would have
if you had a cold. For instance, you experience a cough, chest congestion, sneezing and a running
nose. Also, you feel symptoms associated with allergies such as itchy eyes, nose and throat.
Although there is no quick fix to stop the allergic reaction forever, you should know how to
prevent hay fever.
1. Know the causes. There are 2 types of causes.
o Triggers which cause hay fever all year are dander, spores and dust mites and
cockroaches. Generally, these triggers are found indoors. For example, dander is
from your saliva and dried skin flakes from birds, cats or dogs.
o Seasonal hay fever occurs during warm weather. For example, if you're allergic to
grass pollen, then you suffer from hay fever during the spring and summer. If
you're allergic to tree pollen, then you experience the condition in the spring.
Weed pollen typically occurs in the fall. Thus, if you're allergic to weed pollen,
you experience hay fever during that season.
o Spores such as molds and fungi are found indoors and outdoors. However, during
the warm months such as spring, summer and early fall, you tend to experience
hay fever more when you're allergic to spores.
2. Avoid molds or pollen.
o Avoid inhaling molds or pollen when you're outside. For example, have someone
else rake leaves or mow the lawn. You should wear a mask during outdoor
activities like gardening.
o Dry your laundry inside or use a dryer. Pollen sticks to your laundry when you air
o Use an air conditioner when you're in the house or car instead of opening
o Stay indoors during windy days. This prevents you from inhaling the pollen or
molds traveling in the wind.
3. Limit the pet dander in your house.
o You can reduce the pet dander when it's not possible, or safe, to keep pets outside
or out of your bedroom. For instance, give your pets baths every week and use
wipes created to reduce pet dander.
4. Eliminate dust mites.
o Wash your blankets and sheets in hot water to eliminate dust mites.
o Cover your mattress and pillows with allergy-proof linens. Allergy-proof covers
stop you from inhaling dust mites.
o Vacuum your carpets to eliminate dust mites. You may also want to get rid of any
carpeting in your bedroom if dust mites cause you to have severe hay fever.
5. Remove cockroaches from your house.
o Exterminate your house.
o Seal any cracks or holes to prevent cockroaches from entering your house.
o Make sure to keep pet food sealed and empty the garbage daily.
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