Buying clothes when you have allergies

If you are anything like me, buying new clothes, whether it be jeans, shirts, dresses or other usually means that you are going to come home very itchy! I recently went clothes shopping and even just trying on 2 dresses made my body insanely itchy. I often find it takes a good wash before I can wear cloths without them causing hives all over my skin. There are a few chemicals that are often used in textile manufacturing and these can cause skin irritations ranging from mild to severe, for many people. Anytime I go shopping, I always plan to come home right after, as I know only a shower will help me. I also tend to have a lukewarm shower as having a really hot one will open my pores and often leads to more hives and feeling even itchier.

Now, buying used clothes on the other hand has its own challenges as well… If you have very sensitive skin, or are allergic to pet dander then trying on these clothes can also mean a skin irritation or allergy and may even lead to hives or even trigger asthma for some of us. I tend to be very cautious about buying used clothes, and only try on ones from friends who I know don’t have pets. But even at that… What laundry detergents did they use to clean their clothes? Did they use dryer sheets that had fragrance or were the dryer sheets fragrance free? These are all questions many of us ask ourselves. If you have found yourself pondering any of the above, then you deserve a pat on the back. It is extremely important to think ahead. To ask questions.


Will the 2011 Allergy Season be Worse Than 2010?

2010 and 2011 were ugly years for allergy sufferers, there was unseasonably warm weather and breezes throughout March and April which pumped up record pollen counts for oak, ash and mulberry. Flooding in the Spring and early Summer, then the dry summer in the Southwest with fires and extreme weather and flooding from hurricanes in the Southeast and East. People who never get allergies are suffering for the first time in 2010 and 2011.

The extremely wet weather causes more growth in the plants putting out pollen. Each tree actively puts out pollen for about 3 days in a normal year. The season lasts for 4 months because each type of tree pollinates at a different time. A great place to find pollen counts for your area is This Spring the pollen count for my area was high in Elm, Juniper and Maple.  Don’t forget mold which is huge through the Spring and Summer and into the early Fall. because of the rain and flooding and the extremely humid conditions. Each area of the U.S. will have different plants pollinating at different times, so it is important to check for your area.

Those who have been effected by the flooding should be very careful of toxic mold. A professional should examine your home before you spend any time inside.

6 ways you can reduce exposure to pollen and find relief?

1. Keep your home’s doors and windows closed. You can’t completely seal off your home from the outside, but keeping doors and windows closed can help prevent pollens and outdoor molds from entering. When the weather turns nice in the spring and you’re tempted to open windows to let in “fresh” air, it may be better to keep them closed and turn on your air conditioner.

2. Limit outdoor activity, particularly in the morning. Avoid being outdoors especially to exercise when pollen counts are high, or on windy days when pollen and molds are being blown about. In general, pollen counts are highest in the morning, usually from about 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Also limit outdoor chores like grass cutting, when pollen counts are the highest.

3. When traveling by car, keep the windows up. Closing your car windows helps keep out pollens, dust and mold.

4. After being outside, take a shower and change your clothing. Pollen can collect on clothing and in your hair, so when you’ve been outside for any significant amount of time, shower and change into fresh clothes as soon as you get home. Try not to transfer the pollen from your clothes to soft surfaces in your home, like sofas, beds and carpets. Don’t hang your laundry outside to dry during heavy pollen season because pollen sticks to the towels and sheets.

5. Lastly, I believe that the use of a Neti pot to clear the nasal passages of irritants works miracles. This type of device has been used for many years to irrigate and clean out nasal passages and sinuses. If your nose is completely blocked, the neti pot is NOT the best solution. Unblock your nose first. The neti pot will clear out irritants that are causing the swelling, but must be used on a mostly cleared nose. I use the NeilMed Sinus Rinse Regular Kit my daughter swears by the Neti Pot Nasal Wash / Sinus Irrigation Beginner Kit by Nasopure. I think they all work on the same principle.

6. When you’ve tried all you can on your own and you still can’t find relief, then it’s time to see your doctor. There are some very good antihistamines on the market today that can bring some level of comfort to most people. Now second-generation antihistamines such as Loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec), desloratadine (Clarinex), and fexofenadine (Allegra) are less likely to cause adverse effects like drowsiness or dry mouth. Several antihistamine nasal sprays like azelastine [Astelin]) are also available to treat symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. There are over the counter eye drops available for itchy eyes, Bausch & Lomb Alaway Antihistamine Eye Drops is one.

Can You Get Allergy Relief with NAET?

As allergy suffers, we are all looking for quick fixes to our discomfort. As a group, we are as desperate as dieters, for seemly easy, “no effort on our part” remedies to ease our suffering. Desperate people look for desperate solutions.

The seemly bizarre NAET® system to eliminate adverse reactions to common allergens has been successful for some people. The people who practice NAET® say it may take 1 to 30 visits to desensitize an individual to a severe allergen. A chiropractor who does NAET explained it to me…

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