Updated:

January 5, 2021

6 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Help Your Allergies

How many years have you dismissed your allergy symptoms and said, “Oh, it’s just allergies,” and went on your way to taking an antihistamine to try and address the problem? Allergies can wreak havoc on people’s lives, but with some simple strategies and habits, you can keep them in check and even prevent them from ever developing in the first place! If you want to stop allergies from ruining your life, start with these 6 easy-to-act-on resolutions!

Vacuum Your Carpets Regularly

By vacuuming your carpets on a regular basis (rather than only right before the in-laws come over), you'll reduce the amount of dust and pollen in your home, reducing the chances of developing carpet allergy. Carpets can collect lots of different allergens, including pollen and pet dander. A good practice is to clean your carpet every other month with a professional steamer and to clean your couch and chairs with a vacuum regularly. Although we cannot always prevent our allergies from acting up, there are steps we can take to reduce our exposure. One great way to start is by cleaning our homes on a regular basis, paying special attention to areas where allergens are commonly found in many home furnishings, including beds, carpets, rugs, couches, and floors. Best of all? There are a lot of these quick and easy solutions!

Wash curtains and dust blinds regularly

If dust is an irritant for you, or you’re waking up with a stuffy nose every morning, New Year’s resolution number one should be to make your home as dust-free as possible. Curtains and blinds are obvious culprits when it comes to harboring dust and other allergens. In order to remove airborne particles from these items, wash them regularly using a mild detergent in cold water and hang them up outdoors while they dry completely. You can also try vacuuming curtains and blinds on a regular basis with a soft brush attachment to reduce particle levels. Also, consider investing in allergy-proof covers for your pillows or mattress covers.

Regularly wash and brush pets

Many people assume that their pets don't cause allergies because they themselves are not allergic to them. However, because of their fur, when a pet goes outside, it becomes an air filter for any allergen that is floating in the air. Many people will wait until their pets have gone from smelly to dirty before cleaning them. Consistently brushing and washing your pets will keep the allergens off them. Give your pets a bath to clean off pollen and such when they come in from the outdoors. Use particular care to wash their paws, as they can easily come in contact with allergens. 

Get a HEPA purifier

HEPA filters remove 99.97% of particles that measure .3 microns or larger from a room’s air. The size of pollen and pet dander, HEPA filters can dramatically reduce dust in a room. If you or someone you know is affected by allergies, consider getting a HEPA filter for your bedroom; it will make sleeping much more comfortable and will let you wake up every morning feeling better than before.

Stop taking antihistamines

If you suffer from mild allergies, taking antihistamines may seem like a good idea. However, these over-the-counter medications only work by taking them every day and can have dangerous side effects. If you’re struggling with severe allergies, always speak to your doctor before taking antihistamines. Instead of taking pills to treat your allergy symptoms, focus on improving your overall health. Learn more about the dangers antihistamines can cause by listening to our podcast with Dr. Thompson!

Get allergy tested

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. It is a problem that tends to get worse with age and it has been reported that more than 80% of people aged 50 or above have one or more allergies. If you know you’ve experienced allergy symptoms for years, you owe it to yourself to find out the actual cause. For these reasons, having yourself tested for common allergens would not be a bad idea at all. More often than not, knowing what causes your allergy will make it easier to prevent further reactions. If you have been suffering without an end in sight, it’s time to take control of your allergies. 

A new year is a perfect time to start fresh and become someone you didn't think you could be. So if you really want to change this year, consider getting allergy tested. The unfortunate reality is that while you may be trying your hardest to keep allergies at bay, it's not curing them for good. So, if you want to say goodbye to all the constant sneezing, itchy eyes, and coughing for good, make an appointment to treat your allergies today!

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About The Author:

Donnie Stone, MPAS, PA-C

Donnie R. Stone, PA-C, graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. He's worked in cardiovascular surgery, interventional radiology and cardiology. His goal is to use his experience to help his patients have an allergy-free lifestyle.