Allergy General Precautions
Allergic to pollen?
- Use humidifiers and air conditioners with pollen filters (HEPPA Filter)
- Keep windows closed in cars
- Keep windows closed in the early morning and the evening twilight (the daily periods of higher pollination)
- Shower and change clothes when returning home (pollen could have deposited on hair and clothing)
- Make nasal irrigations when waking, at midday and before going to sleep
- Take vacations in regions and seasons with low pollen concentrations
- Avoid irritating elements like smoke, dust, sprays or insect repellants
- Remain updated on pollen count information.
Allergic to mites?
- Remove carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture, particularly in the bedroom
- Cover up the mattress and pillow with special mite-proof covers
- Frequently wash bed clothes with hot water (60ºC)
- Utilize dehumidifiers to maintain humidity below 50%
- Utilize a powerful vacuum cleaner with mite filters, keeping the windows open when vacuuming. Applying vacuum cleaners to mattresses or pillows is not efficient
- Utilize mite insecticides.
Allergy to mold?
- Avoid walks in forests with decomposing organic matter, particularly on dry and windy days
- Remove the humidity in the house. Identify the hidden humidity areas (for example, wallpaper-covered walls)
- Clean humidity spots with bleach
- Avoid interior plants, mainly those having plates for accumulating water.
- Avoid staying in humid areas like cellars.
- Ventilation is essential in houses.
- Maintain mild temperatures and use dehumidifiers if necessary to maintain relative humidity under 50%.
Allergic to hymenoptera?
Patients who are allergic to wasps and bees must bear in mind a number of precautions, particularly in areas with an abundance of flowers and vegetation. Some of these precautions are:
- Avoid clothing with bright colors or printed designs
- Avoid walking barefoot or with sandals
- Avoid perfumes or cosmetics with intense scents that could attract insects
- Avoid activities in areas with an abundance of flowers
- In the presence of a wasp or a bee, avoid sudden movements or attempts to kill it or scare it away
- For bee stings, it is important to remove the needle from the skin, taking care to avoid placing pressure on the sac
- If allergy to bees is confirmed, it is advisable to refrain from beekeeping activities
- If the allergy is against wasps, it is advisable to avoid open air picnics and participation in tasks like grape or fruit harvesting.
- If confirmed allergic keep a small emergency kit. It should include adrenalin and anti histamines.