Starting the Year Healthy and Allergy-free

By Allergy News
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Jan 22nd, 2016

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The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recently published an article about how to start the year with better breathing, less sneezing and wheezing. The article tackled some remedy for those who suffer various allergies. Making changes for a better health can be very satisfying when we try to achieve it step by step. Let’s make the year a healthy and prosperous one.

This article was published on their website:

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (December 1, 2015) – If you suffer from allergies or asthma, a few tweaks to your routine – some big, some small – could make a difference in dialing down the wheezing, sneezing and allergic reactions in the New Year.

“People convince themselves that changes for better health are either too time-consuming, too expensive or too difficult,” says allergist Bryan Martin, DO, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “But there’s no reason you can’t start by making small changes and then move on to bigger or more difficult changes as you see improvements. People with asthma and allergies have different health challenges than others, but by paying attention to small changes, they’ll begin to see improvements fairly rapidly.”

Following are five New Year’s resolutions from ACAAI that those who suffer from allergies or asthma should consider.

Exercise Smarter – Anyone with allergies and asthma should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night. That includes exercise. If you have asthma, avoid exercising in a cold room or in cold weather. Indoor and outdoor air pollution, high pollen counts and colds can also cause symptoms during exercise. Sports that require only short bursts of activity are best – think volleyball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling, golf and swimming. Use your inhaler before exercising and as needed during exercise.

Pack your bags wisely – It’s fun to explore new places, but travel can be daunting for those with allergies, asthma or food allergies. Advance preparation can make travel easier. Be sure you take along allergy medications, an inhaler and allergist-prescribed epinephrine if you are at risk for a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. If you rely on immunotherapy (allergy shots) for relief, schedule an appointment before you leave. There are websites that offer allergy-free rooms, but make sure your definition of allergy-free lines up with theirs in order to avoid triggers. If you’re allergic to dust mites, bring your allergy-blocking bedding.

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