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Allergy symptoms: ways to reduce allergies this summer

Introduction

Most allergies occur during the summer season, and there are numerous factors which are responsible for that. Summer allergens such as pet dander, pollen and dust get combined with the heat and trigger the most annoying allergic reactions. Instead of enjoying the summer, one must face the miserable symptoms of his or her allergic reaction. There are certain types of prescription medicaments which may be efficient in preventing and calming different types of allergic reactions, but the best prevention is actually avoidance and reduction of exposure to the harmful allergens. Most types of prevention are fairly simple and they can be conducted by anyone.

Steps of Prevention

One must first understand the allergy and recognize the different types of allergens which are responsible for the aggravation of the existing symptoms. The most common symptoms are usually very similar to the symptoms which are usually affiliated with asthma or hay fever. The symptoms occur because the human body’s immune system releases certain types of antibodies into the bloodstream. The antibodies are in charge of producing histamine. Histamine is a certain chemical agent which acts on the lungs, skin, throat, nose, eyes and sometimes even the gastrointestinal system, which triggers the occurrence of the allergy symptoms. Most allergens are airborne particles and they are very hard to avoid because they can be found virtually everywhere.  In order to minimize the contact with allergens, one must keep the doors and windows closed and equip the home with an air conditioner or an air filter. Those who are sensitive to pollen should avoid staying outside during the morning, until late afternoon or evenings.

Pollen does not only irritate the person when inhaled, it may also irritate the skin by causing the occurrence of itchy and dry rashes. Clothes, bed sheets and towels which hang out to dry outdoors can collect the pollen spores and trigger such symptoms. Keeping the house clean is another important thing for all those who suffer from various types of allergies. Pet dander and dust mites are commonly found in homes, and they may be affiliated with severe allergic reactions. These allergens irritate the lungs, throat and the nose when they get inhaled. Clothes, bedding and surfaces need to be dusted frequently. The home needs to be vacuumed a few times per week. Furniture and mattress protectors are also important means of protecting against pet dander and dust mites. They can be cleaned fairly easily, which is another plus. 

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