Dust allergy symptoms are similar to those of pollen allergies are red, itchy, watery eyes, runny, itchy, stuffy nose and sneezing. Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, pet dander or dust mites.
Your immune system produces proteins known as antibodies. Some of these antibodies protect you from unwanted invaders that could make you sick or cause an infection. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify your particular allergen as something harmful, even though it isn’t. When you inhale the allergen or come into contact with it, your immune system responds and produces an inflammatory response in your nasal passages or lungs. Prolonged or regular exposure to the allergen can cause the ongoing inflammation associated with asthma.
If you are experiencing runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath or other symptoms that may be related to an allergy, you will probably start by seeing your family doctor or general practitioner. Because appointments can be brief and there’s often a lot of ground to cover, it is a good idea to prepare before you go.
Home Remedies for Allergies
- Irrigating the nose with saline solution may help soothe upper respiratory allergies by removing irritants that become lodged in the nose and cause inflammation. In fact, saline solution may even wash away some of the inflammatory cells themselves.
- You can buy ready-made saline solution at your local drugstore, or you can make your own fresh solution daily by mixing a teaspoon of salt in a pint of warm, distilled water and adding a pinch of baking soda. Bend over a sink and sniff a bit of solution into one nostril at a time, allowing it to drain back out through the nose or mouth and do this once or twice a day.
- If you have spent long hours outdoors during the pollen season, wash your hair to remove pollen after you come inside. The sticky yellow stuff tends to collect on the hair, making it more likely to fall into your eyes.
- If you wake up in the middle of the night with a coughing, sneezing allergy attack, a hot shower may wash off any pollen residues you have collected on your body throughout the day.
- If your eyes are itchy and irritated and you have no access to allergy medicine, rinsing your eyes with cool, clean water may also help soothe them. Although not as effective as an antihistamine, this remedy certainly can’t do any harm.
- Breathing steam refreshes and soothes irritated sinuses, and it helps rid the nasal passages of mucus, while it takes some time, it will make you feel wonderful! Boil several cups of water and pour into a big bowl.
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