Our Austin allergists share allergy tips to help patients breathe easier
Allergy tips for relief from seasonal, pet, mold and pollen allergies
- Be aware of the daily pollen count. We provide a daily count on our website, and it’s available from other sources. When the count is high, try to avoid being outdoors.
- Avoid outdoor chores such as gardening and mowing the lawn when the pollen count is high. If you must be outside, wear a mask.
- Keep doors and windows closed in your home, workplace and car, especially when pollen counts are high.
- Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes as soon as you go inside after you’ve been active outdoors.
- Do a sinus rinse when you return from outdoors.
Allergy tips for mold
Some of the allergy tips for mold allergies are the same as those for seasonal allergies -monitor mold counts and shower after being outdoors. You should also follow these mold-specific allergy tips.
- Tackle places in your home where mold thrives – bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. Clean thoroughly with diluted bleach, fix leaks and remove carpet in these areas of your home.
- Maintain a low humidity level in your home – 35% is best, but 45% or lower is acceptable.
- Consider adding a HEPA filter attachment to your central air conditioner or purchasing a freestanding air cleaning unit.
Pet allergies are not caused by pet hair; instead, they are caused by allergens found in a pet’s saliva, urine and on their skin, which is pet dander. Our allergy tips help you avoid these allergens.
- No matter how much you love your pet, limit how much you hug or kiss them or let them lick you.
- In addition, keep your pet out of the bedroom and off the furniture. Buy them a comfortable bed of their own.
- Remove carpet from your home.
- Keep pets brushed and clean. Bathing twice a week reduces dander.
- Consider adding a HEPA filter in bedroom.
Insect sting allergies
One of our best allergy tips for insect sting allergies is an obvious one: avoid being stung. Follow these steps.
- If you discover a hive or nest, do not try to destroy it yourself; hire an exterminator.
- Don’t go barefoot outdoors; wear shoes with closed toes.
- Avoid areas with high grass where ant hills or underground nests may be hidden.
- Wear fragrance-free products and avoid wearing bright clothing.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants in heavily wooded areas and dry, grassy or leafy areas.
- Always carry an EpiPen® or other autoinjectable epinephrine if you have an insect allergy.