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[September 2018] Seasonal Change, a Nightmare for Allergy Patients
Date 09-14-2018 13:35 Hit79
Seasonal Change, a Nightmare for Allergy Patients

“Achoo!” As the summer heat vanishes and a refreshing wind blows, allergy patients secretly go through a hellish experience. Particularly when the season changes, they might have a more severe allergic reaction. The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction include allergic rhinitis, which is often confused with a cold or flu, allergic conjunctivitis, which is an eye inflammation, atopic dermatitis, and asthma.

A runny nose, clear nasal discharge, and headache are the common symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It can be mistaken as viral rhinitis caused by the common cold or flu, which is different from an allergic reaction because it can be accompanied by muscle pain, fever, and a sore throat. People often miss a chance to treat allergic rhinitis after confusing it with the common cold. If you do not want to live with the “annoying” symptoms of allergic rhinitis, you must focus on its treatment and prevention.
The main causes of allergic rhinitis can be roughly divided into several categories: environmental factors, such as house dust mites, pet fur, pollen, and pollution, as well as other factors related to physical characteristics and daily habits. You can treat allergic rhinitis either by taking medications such as antihistamine and intranasal steroids or by going through surgery. Nevertheless, the “remission” of allergic rhinitis is nearly impossible to achieve. It is a common problem during adolescence, which negatively affects an individual’s quality of life by impairing his/her concentration and learning ability.

To prevent allergic rhinitis, you must adjust the environmental factors and keep your house clean all the time. You should wash your pillows and blankets with hot water and completely dry them under the sun at least every two weeks. You should also regularly clean your mattress. You can get rid of more than 70% of house dust mites by tapping your blankets a few times. You should not use unnecessary cushions or carpets. It is highly recommended that you ventilate your house for more than 20 min whenever it is sunny and that you maintain the ideal indoor humidity of 40%. When you go out, you must wear a mask.
If you have allergic rhinitis during every seasonal change, you can relieve the symptoms by doing simple acupressure. You can use your middle finger to gently press the acupuncture points called yeonghyanghyeol an inch away from both sides of your nose. You can also rub another acupuncture point called indanghyeol between your eyebrows. If you repeat this process about 30 times each, you will feel your stuffy nose clearing.

The common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis are red, itchy, watery, and burning eyes, which can lead to chemosis. If you have watery eyes and eye mucus discharge, you will be definitely diagnosed with allergic conjunctivitis. You might have nose and throat inflammation. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious, and its main causes are the same as those of allergic rhinitis. You must exert every effort to keep your house clean to prevent allergic conjunctivitis.