Allergy symptoms can be both annoying and painful. When they’re severe, they can interrupt daily life, and in rare cases even warrant a trip to the hospital. In summer, many people experience seasonal allergy symptoms from the amount of pollen in the air. Dust, mold, and animal dander are also well known for causing allergic reactions. If you or someone you know is experiencing allergy symptoms that are having an impact on daily life, here are some of the most common ways you can relieve common allergic reaction symptoms:
Itchy, Runny Nose
An itchy, runny nose is anything but fun. If you have one, you will probably find that you are sneezing often and getting through far more tissues than you’re used to. Usually, it’s caused by pollen, pet allergies, and dust. If you are experiencing this, you can help remedy it by using antihistamines, which you can buy over the counter, as well as decongestants and nasal sprays. If your nose is blocked, then eucalyptus oil is also excellent for unblocking your nasal pathways.
When experiencing irritated, itchy eyes, it can be tempting to rub them, but this doesn’t help, and could actually make it worse! Avoid rubbing your eyes and use antihistamines and eye allergy drops instead. This way, you’ll feel almost instant relief without causing more irritation, and if you have pets, vacuum as often as possible and don’t touch your face after stroking them. A cold compress over your eyes can also provide you with temporary relief.
Wheezy Chest and Cough
A wheezy chest or a cough can be a symptom of multiple issues, like a common cold or a chest infection. If you are experiencing it alongside other allergy symptoms, then the chances are your allergies cause it. Some ways to remedy it are to take antihistamines and, if it’s ongoing, get an allergy shot at your doctor’s surgery.
Rashes on the skin can come in many forms, such as:
. Contact Dermatitis
. Atopic Dermatitis
. Diaper Rash
If an allergy is causing one of these, the best thing to do is cover it with a fragrance-free cream made for sensitive skin. Although it is tempting to itch, it will only make it worse and can even break the skin, so you must resist doing this (antihistamines will help with the itching). If your skin doesn’t get better quickly, then your doctor can prescribe certain creams to help clear up the infected area.
Medications or foods usually cause swelling during an allergic reaction. Fortunately, the swelling should reduce in a matter of days. To relieve symptoms, antihistamines and steroid medications are known to help. Sometimes, swelling due to an allergic reaction is serious, so if that is the case, you should seek emergency medical treatment.
Of course, the best remedy for allergic symptoms is prevention; by knowing your main triggers, you can avoid them and live your life without annoying symptoms. For the times they do occur, these remedies will help you get through the day.