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Allergies 101

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The immune systems of allergy sufferers can be a little over-reactive and sensitive, releasing chemicals like histamine to rid the body of allergens.

The job of a chemical like histamine is to push the allergens out of the body, using your nose, eyes and mouth as escape routes. This in turn creates swelling and inflammation along with annoying allergy symptoms.

Allergy symptoms
Allergies are usually caused by something in the air we are breathing. Most common allergy symptoms include:

Runny nose
Sinus pressure
Itchy throat
Itchy nose
Itchy, watery eyes

Causes of allergies
Unfortunately, allergens are everywhere, and they are the root cause of allergies. Examples of common allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold spores and pet dander. Of course, there is no way to completely avoid or eliminate allergens, but knowing what allergens affect you will help you reduce them.

There are two categories of common allergies, seasonal and year-round. Use our seasonal vs. year-round allergy guide to find out when you need relief most.

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ID your allergies

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Allergies stem from many different sources but there are two basic types: seasonal allergies and perennial allergies.

Seasonal allergies are triggered by pollen during certain times in a season. They are mostly caused by airborne allergens such as pollen during spring, summer and autumn. Grass pollen is considered by many to be the most common cause of seasonal allergies.

People affected by perennial allergies have allergic symptoms throughout the year. These are caused by constant exposure to everyday allergens such as pet dander, dust mites and mold spores.

Stop the Symptoms With FLONASE® Allergy Relief
When people with seasonal or perennial allergies are exposed to allergens, their body releases a group of chemicals or allergic substances that can cause symptoms such as:

Because FLONASE® Allergy Relief helps block six allergic substances, it offers 24-hour relief for all of these symptoms.

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Advice on allergies

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  • Cover your mattresses and pillows in airtight plastic covers to cut down on dust mites.
  • Adopt a “no-shoes” policy in the house to keep your family and friends from tracking in allergens from the outdoors.
  • To beat the summer heat, use the air conditioning instead of fans. Most air conditioners have filters, while fans can stir up dust.
  • Wash all of your bedding in very hot water once a week. It needs to be at least 130˚F to kill off dust mites.
  • Stuffed animals are dust-magnets. If you’ve got them around the house, keep them off the bed so you can avoid that dust while you sleep.
  • If you’ve got a choice between bare floors and thick carpets, opt for the bare floors. It’s easier to keep them clean.
  • Don’t hang laundry outdoors. While it’s nice to save electricity, your clean laundry might get covered in pollen.
  • Keep your lawn mowed short so that the leaves of grass don’t get the chance to produce much pollen.
  • Adopt a no-smoking policy in your home and in your car.
  • If your eyes are highly sensitive to pollen, wear large sunglasses outside, and keep saline eyewash handy if you get too itchy.
  • If you have a water leak, clean up the water before fixing the leak to keep mold from growing while you wait for the plumber.
  • When driving, keep windows closed, and make sure that your air conditioning is on the “recirculating” setting to keep out allergens.
  • When you take a shower, run the bathroom fan or open the window. This helps to control moisture and prevent mold.
  • The humidity in your home should be between 30%-60%. Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner in the summer to keep the humidity down and a humidifier in the dry winter to boost it up.
  • To keep water from collecting and growing mold, put trays under your plants, radiators and refrigerator, and clean them often.
  • Store food (including pet food) in closed containers so they don’t attract rodents and pests.
  • If you’ve got allergies that stem from pest problems, fill in cracks or holes that could be good indoor hiding places.
  • If you can’t keep your windows closed during pollen season, you should make sure you’ve got screens in your windows and doors to at least cut pollen down.
  • Replace blinds that have slats and cloth draperies with pull-down shades. They will not collect as much dust.
  • Shopping for furniture? Remember that wood, leather and vinyl are easier to keep allergen-free than fabric and upholstered furniture.
  • If you’re using air conditioning or furnace heat, change the filters every 4-6 weeks to cut down on airborne allergens.
  • Vacuum once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to help control the dust that vacuuming stirs up.
  • Once a week, dust with a damp cloth. Use spray furniture polish to help reduce dust and other allergens.
  • Wear a mask when you clean the house or work in the yard so you don’t breathe in as much dust or pollen.
  • If you’ve been outside during the day, wash your hair before you go to bed to keep pollen off of your pillow.

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Around the house

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10 easy tips to help remove the allergens lurking in your home.

1. Clean surfaces regularly
Use single-use dust rags and damp mops to clean. If cleaning rags are used, make sure to wash them in hot water after each use.

2. Rinsing of the sinuses
Washing of the nasal cavity with saline solution, otherwise known as nasal irrigation, can be completed daily to help promote healthy sinuses.

3. Air filters
Best to consider using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in rooms you spend a lot of time in, especially your bedroom.

4. Remove the mold
If you discover mold on a hard surface, clean it with a mixture of water and detergent, and let it air dry completely.

5. Keep windows closed
Keeping windows closed helps keep allergens outside. If it gets too warm, use an air conditioner. And remember to clean and or change your air conditioner filters regularly.

6. Remove shoes
Avoid tracking dust and other allergens into the home by leaving shoes by the front door.

7. Hot wash & dry
Wash bedding in hot water and dry on high heat once a week.

8. Chores, then out the door
Protect yourself from indoor allergens when doing housework by wearing a mask. Afterward, make sure to step outside for a little while to avoid the allergens you may have stirred up while cleaning.

9. Clean & dehumidify
Dehumidifiers collect and help reduce moisture in damp basements. Always remember to empty the water and keep the unit clean.

10. Vacuum & filter
It’s best to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that can help reduce the allergens in the air inside your home.

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