Top 10 Allergy TipsWatch out when eating out: When dining out, alert your waiter about your food allergies before you order. Harmful ingredients not mentioned on the menu have a way of slipping into sauces, garnishes or side orders. Also, when you're at home or shopping, make a habit of reading food labels and learn to understand the ingredients listed.
Keep an eye on the count: Those with allergies might want to avoid going outdoors on high pollen-count days. You can check the pollen count daily on the local weather and news reports, and on Web sites such as American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Peak time is early morning from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Police your pollen exposure: Help create a pollen-free atmosphere by keeping your home and car windows closed to minimize the chance of pollen getting inside. Leave your air conditioning on to recirculate the air and keep it clean and dry. After spending time outdoors, take a shower, wash your clothes and wipe your glasses. Pollen sticks easily to clothes and hair and can irritate you long after going inside.
Can't bee too careful: To avoid bee stings and potential allergic reactions from bug and insect bites, wear long sleeves, pants, and shoes with socks. Do not wear perfumes or sweet-scented products that would invite over insects.
Know your surroundings: If you suffer from allergies, it's important to choose the right environment. During high pollen season in the spring, spend time at low pollen areas such as the beach or ocean. Avoid areas that are historically known for having high pollen counts.
Don't let it all hang out: Do not hang your clothes or sheets to dry outdoors because pollen can easily deposit and accumulate. Wash sheets in a temperature greater than 130 degrees to reduce dust mites, which are insects invisible to the naked eye but the most common cause of allergy symptoms.
Reduce mites to dust: To reduce dust mites, remove carpets or area rugs from your home or office. To protect your mattress and pillows, purchase dust mite-zippered encasings from your local department store. Install a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrester) filter to remove dust that's freely floating in the air.
Don't sleep with your dog
Allergy sufferers should keep pets outdoors if possible or, at least, out of your bedroom. Bathing your cat or dog on a weekly basis will reduce dander accumulation and can reduce allergen exposure.
Your home is not a roach motel: Keep those pesky cockroaches out of the house. Food should be in tight containers. Take out the trash regularly. Wash dishes immediately after use, and wipe countertops to avoid cockroach allergy and infestation.
Avoid the same mold song: Inhaling mold spores can produce various irritating and uncomfortable allergic symptoms. To reduce indoor exposure, use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your home below 50 percent. Visible mold growth on ceilings, walls, showers and windows can be cleaned with a mild bleach solution.