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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Allergies

By Raymond Lee

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Typical allergy symptoms include sneezing, nasal itching, and a dripping nose, along with congestion and red, swollen itchy eyes. Whether or not, you’ll develop an allergy is part genetics and part environment. A child with one allergic parent has about a 30 to 50 percent chance of getting allergies, while odds rise to approximately 60 to 80 percent if both parents have allergies. Also, exposure to a high level of allergies early on puts you at risk of developing allergic symptoms later. Here are some ways that can help people with allergies to breathe easier.

  1. Salt Your Nose

    Over-the-counter saline nasal sprays are a safe way of loosening mucus. It is not a drug so you can use it as often as you want. To make your own salty solution, take a half-teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of lukewarm water, put it in a bulb syringe and flush it into your nose while leaning forward over the sink so that it can drip out. Look for bulb syringes at your local drugstore.

  2. Make A Cool Compress

    For itchy, red, swollen eyes, take a clean washcloth, run it under cool water, put it over your eyes until it is warm and try again, if you need to.

  3. Seal Your Mattress

    One of the biggest problems with dust is dust mites, teeny creatures that live on dust, skin flakes and other bits of microscopic household debris that collects in bedding, furniture and curtains. So zipping a plastic cover over your mattress is a good way of limiting dust mite exposure.

  4. Press Duct Tape Into Service

    Putting duct tape on the mattress zipper, sealing off the escape route for dust mite.

  5. Dry Up

    Molds and dust mites thrive in warm, humid conditions. So to reduce molds and dust mite levels, keep a dehumidifier in your bedroom and one in your family room.

  6. Clean The Dehumidifier

    Dehumidifiers should be cleaned out every week. Otherwise, molds will proliferate.

  7. Simplify

    Getting rid of dust mite havens – especially in your bedroom – is a sneeze-free way of coping. Have a clutter-free room with no fabrics or banners on the wall. You shouldn’t have carpeting, because vacuuming doesn’t clear the dust mites out. Stuffed toys trap dust and should be removed. To have frequent changing of sheets and regular washing of bed linens, pillows, and bedspreads.

Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit for more information.


Article Submitted On: October 16, 2007