Would anyone like to take over this allergy blog?

acz_50.gifI love writing this blog and hearing from people who are suffering from the same allergies I am. I like to think I have helped a few readers along the way. My life is very busy right now and I am finding I have less and less time to devote to this blog. I must simplify my life to survive. If anyone is seriously interested, let me know. I also own the matching URL allergycomfortzone.com , a Twitter account and Facebook account in the same name. This WordPress account gets about 100 visits a day.  This WordPress account is not monetized but it can be, by using the matching URL. I have not kept up with the Facebook and Twitter accounts lately.


Help for Fall Allergies

Fall allergies are just around the corner. You know they are coming and you know you suffer. What can you do to relieve your symptoms?

fall-leafKeep your house free of pollen

Your house should be your sanctuary, keep it free of pollen.

Keep dust at bay in your house, use a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Leave your shoes at the door

Keep windows and doors closed, use air conditioner when possible

Re circulate air in you car instead of bringing in fresh pollen laden air

Change filter in you furnace and air conditioner

Wash your clothes and hair after being outdoors, you don’t want pollen from your clothes or hair on your bedding or furniture

Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer, not outside

Stay inside on windy days, pollen can travel for miles

Use a Neti Pot or saline rinse daily to clean out nasal tissues.

Hope these hints help make your Fall more comfortable.

May is Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month

May is a peak time for people dealing with allergies and asthma and a perfect time to raise awareness about these diseases.

What are allergies?

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to allergens that usually do not cause a reaction in most people. Some of the symptoms of allergies include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and itching; some allergies (food or drug) can cause an extreme response (anaphylaxis) that is life-threatening, is a medical emergency, and is the most severe allergic reaction. If you or someone around you is having an anaphylactic reaction, please call 911 right away.

For those with extreme allergies that cause anaphylaxis, I suggest reading about them on this WebMD web site.

Helping Kids with Allergies

It is terrible to see your children suffer with seasonal allergies. They wake up with boy_sneezingswollen eyes and have constantly dripping, raw, red noses. They are tired and irritable and have no idea why they can’t play outside with their friends.

My grandson knows he is supposed to stay inside, but he complains that he must have recess out side everyday and on nice warm days his class also eats their lunch outdoors. By the time he comes home from school he is miserable and irritable. That beautiful yellow-green dust that covers everything outside is very nasty stuff for some children.

Here are 6 things you can do to make your child more comfortable during allergy season.

1. Pollen counts are highest in the morning. avoid letting your children outside at that time of day. The safest time for outdoor play is right after a heavy rain storm, when all the pollen has been knocked out of the air and is still damp. The worse time is early on a sunny windy day.

2. Children’s hair should be covered when outside, it collects a lot of pollen. When anyone in your family comes in from being outside, they should change their clothes and wash all exposed  skin. Hair coverings are best left near the door or in your garage. If you do not use hair coverings, brush hair throughly before coming into your home.

3. Children should bathe or shower and wash their hair in the evening before bedtime. This removes all pollen from the hair and skin. You do not want their bed linens and pillows covered with pollen.

4. Your home should be kept free from pollen. Do not open doors and windows when weather is sunny and mild. Use your air conditioner to control temperature.

5. Outdoor pets carry pollen on their fur and can bring it into your house. When you touch your pet, the pollen can transfer onto your skin and clothes. A pet can also bring pollen into your house on its feet and fur. Brush your pets outside. Outdoor pets should not sleep in your child’s bed or even in their bedroom.

6. Since your child can not completely avoid going outside, there are many good allergy medications available over the counter and by prescription. Talk to your children’s pediatrician about what is best for them. Prescription anti-inflammatory eye drops and nasal sprays are very effective.

AAA-Choo season is just around the corner

Yes, Spring is near, but where I live it is still very much Winter. Tomorrow 10-12″ of snow is coming.Seasonal Pollen

Nevertheless I have seen signs of Spring in my yard. The trees are budding and the bulbs are popping their noses out of the cold soil. I have read in the local paper that juniper, maple and elm pollens are already here. Can allergies be close behind?

When you have allergies, it doesn’t take much of the type of pollen you are sensitive to start you off sneezing with itching eyes and a runny nose. Most of these allergens are found outdoors, but if you let them in your home you will never find complete relief.

Five things to make your life easier this Spring:

1. Keep your windows and doors closed on warm, dry, breezy, sunny days. Right after a storm, there is less pollen in the air, this is when you can safely open your windows.

2. Take your shoes off when you enter the house so you do not bring in allergens.

3. If you want to be outside, take a shower and wash your hair AFTER the walk to remove all the pollen you can. Also put your outdoor clothes in a plastic bag until they can be washed. NEVER go to bed with pollen on your clothes, skin or hair.

3. Install a HEPA filter on your air-conditioning units and air purifiers.

4. A Neti Pot can be used to rinse out your sinus passages and cavities. This can help reduce symtoms.

5. Try using a 24 hour antihistamine that can be obtained over the counter. Charitin, Alegra, or Zyrtec. If none of these work for you, see your primary care physician or allergist for further treatment.

A New Year, Start Fresh

Every year at this time, I clean up all the holiday decorations and start to reorganize and clean. It’s a new year so Toxic Cleaning ProductsI want a new beginning. This year I was sick with a virus over the entire holidays. I was very conscious of keeping my home germ free and safe for my family. No one else got sick, so I must have done a good job.

Keeping your house clean so you don’t suffer from Winter allergies is very similar to keeping it free from germs. We can’t see germs and, even though they are much larger we can barely see pollen and dander.

When you are closed up in a house all Winter, dust is the enemy. Dust particles are composed of pollen, pet dander, dust mites, lead dust, pest droppings, chemical contaminates and pesticides. Not exactly what you want to be touching and breathing in all the time.

Dry dusting and sweeping just stirs up dust. Always use a vacuum with low emissions and a HEPA filter. I have a whole house vacuum that vents out into my garage. I love the idea of getting everything completely out of the house. Use a barely damp cloth to dust your furniture.

Use chemical free cleaners made of household products. Four tablespoons baking soda in one quart of water is a good general cleaner. Vinegar and salt mixed together makes a good surface cleaner. Lemon and salt is good for stubborn stains.

It’s Mid-Summer, what am I allergic to now?

Yes, I have Spring allergies and Fall allergies and indoor allergies. But I usually get somewhat of a reprieve in the hot part of the summer. Trees are generally finished pollinating by late Spring, leaving grasses and weeds as the biggest contributors to summer allergies. My nose is running and my eyes are watering. I’m miserable.

Why does pollen bother us?
Our  immune systems, mistakenly see  the tiny bits of pollen as foreign invaders, releases antibodies — substances that normally identify and go after bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other summer allergy symptoms.

Pollen can travel for miles, spreading a path of misery for summer allergy sufferers along the way. The higher the pollen count, the greater the misery. The pollen count measures the amount of allergens in the air in grains per cubic meter. You can find out the daily pollen count in your area by watching your local weather forecast, or by visiting the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s web site. I checked this site for my area and didn’t see anything exceptionally high. The pine family and grass are low, mold is moderate. I guess you can more affected if you have several of the offending allergen sources in your yard.

Here is a list of  some of the worst summer allergy offenders:

Ragweed in particular is very bad. There is also Tumbleweed,  cockleweed, sagebrush, pigweed and russian thistle. In the grass family are:  blue grasses, red top, bermuda, timothy and sweet vernal.

One of the most prevalent summer allergy-inducing plants ragweed, which depending where you live, usually makes it’s appearance around August. Ragweed can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind, so even if it doesn’t grow where you live, it can still make you miserable if you’re allergic to it. Maybe this year ragweed is starting early.

Please leave a comment about Summer allergies below.


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