Allergens and Allergies in India

9 Easy ways to keep outdoor Allergens outside your home

Here’s a puzzle for you:

You went out for an evening walk alone.

After walking for 30 minutes you walked back home alone.

You unlocked the main door of your house and there was no one.

Still, someone walked with you inside. Who walked in with you?

No, it’s not your shadow. It’s the allergen that walked in with you.

Wait, what are allergens, you may ask?

Many times, allergies are caused because of certain substances to which our immune system reacts. These are called allergens.

Allergens cause irritation and a lot of discomforts. I have a pollen allergy and while walking outdoors in the pollen season, a short walk also causes me to start sneezing because of the pollen in the environment.

This sneezing would continue even after I reached home. After some research, I realized how I brought the allergen back home with me. It stuck to my clothes and handkerchief.

Since I didn’t change clothes immediately or take a shower, it caused me to sneeze, get a runny nose along with nasal itching that resolved with a visit to the doctor.

Small mistakes like these can have disastrous effects.

Hence today, I will tell you 9 easy ways on how to keep outside allergies outside your home in India.

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1. First things first. Please find out what you’re allergic to. No point making changes when you don’t know what affects you, right?

You can ask your parents, maintain a diary for your symptoms of allergies so you know what season and what time of the day or place, you are most affected by the symptoms.

2. Check the daily pollen forecast before planning any outdoor activities. Pollen allergy is pretty much a standard allergy and affects a lot of people.

Most of us don’t even check the pollen forecast, do we?. It’s time to change that habit.

3. If you have pets at home, do bathe them regularly as our furry friends catch pollens and other allergens quickly while they run and roll outdoors.

If you don’t do anything about it, this pollen will come to your home, your bedroom, and will affect your health.

4. Not just pets, you are a carrier too. You can carry allergens with you back home. Hence it’s advisable to shower when you come from outside.

If your eyes get irritated in a certain season, wear protective glasses as allergens might be affecting your eyes.

5. People who have sinuses can consult their doctors and use a saline spray so no allergens set up a camp within your sinus. This is like a shower for your sinus.

6. You can lay down two doormats: One outside and one inside the house. Doing this will keep most of the allergens that come with your shoes outside your house.

7. It’s considered a good habit to change the air filters on your heating and cooling systems. You can check the manufacturer’s instructions on when to make changes so you keep your environment allergen-free.

8. You must opt for curtains that are machine washable. You can wash them once a week and get rid of any allergens stuck to them.

9. Finally, while driving or if you’re in a vehicle, close the windows so that allergens in the air cannot come in and stick to you or your vehicle upholstery.

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These are 9 easy ways you can keep outside allergies outside your home. These steps are not only easy but also beneficial. You will improve your health and reduce the number of doctor visits as well!

Know more about allergies and their management here.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative supported by Sanofi India. Sanofi India bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider in matters of any health-related information.

References:

  1. https://www.health.com/home/places-pollen-can-hide
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/in-depth/allergy/art-20049365
  3. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/plagued-by-pollen

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45 thoughts to “9 Easy ways to keep outdoor Allergens outside your home”

    1. Hi Afreen, I hope that too! Allergens and allergies are something we all must discuss and gain knowledge about too.

    1. Hey Pratibha, I know for most people maintaining a diary sounds Yiddish. But as you explained, learning it the hard way is not a good thing.

  1. I am glad you discussed the pets issue. Many families I know directly reject pets stating allergies which isn’t really necessary.

    1. Hey Doc, yes sometimes all we need to is make things simple for us. But we take the cowardly or lazy way out. Rejecting pets is not necessary. we can work around that.

    1. Hey Mahek, I am trying to follow these tips. I don’t like it when my dust allergy makes me go sneeze sneeze.

  2. It’s really important to know what you are allergic to as you rightly pointed out.Helpful post

    1. Hey Atul, I know right! Just a little bit of being proactive can help us live a healthy life.

  3. Thanks for sharing these easy steps to prevent occurrence of allergy. If we follow we will surely avoid it.

    1. Hey Judy, just doing my part! If we can be proactive and start at an early stage, all will be well.

  4. Fantastic post, Lancelot! You have made us aware of allergies and allergens. I am going to remember your tips and keep myself #AllergyFree

  5. I agree we carry allergens with us without even realizing it. You have mentioned some really easy ways to keep allergies at bay. Your puzzle created suspense, great way to describe the allergies.

    1. Hey Paresh, I’m glad you saw the fun quotient in the puzzle mystery! Yes, these tips are simple and yet can help us lead a simple and healthy life.

  6. I have this condition with my left eye that it would bugle out, puffy, swollen and it literally made me uncomfortable for a long time. Now it is under control. The eye-surgeon told me that I am allergic to certain things and I need to avoid.

    In this lockdown, I am doing walk of around 3-4km every evening. I am sure I carry lots of allergens which make me sneeze.

    A mask is something I prefer at the top.

    1. Hey Gautam, it’s sad to know about your condition. But I’m glad to see you take steps to avoid allergens from walking with you inside your house. Take care and stay blessed.

    1. Hey Nidhi, allergies are such a thing that doesn’t go away so easily. They also cause discomfort. Precautions are the best way to be safe!

  7. Very informative article. I have allergies too and two pets at home. Follow most of the points you mentioned and am able to keep the problem at bay

    1. Hey Vidur, that’s great to know. Following and taking precautions will only help us improve our life.

    1. Hey there. Yes, my ultimate goal was to educate people regarding this. Allergens can be kept at bay with some precautions.

  8. It’s so important to know what one is allergic to. My friend went through rigorous tests to find out all the things he was allergic to. Those tests were very detailed and gave all the things. Of course maintaining the diary with symptoms helps as well.

  9. Well written article which provides a lot of knowledge around allergens. Pollen allergies are the worst, I have faced it myself, now I know how to control it.

    1. Hey Ramya, that’s sad to know. However, I was amazed that there are pollen forecasts as well. I’m sure that can help people with allergies to stay alert.

  10. Nicely explained about the allergens and how to keep them outside. In this era, we all need to be aware about this.

    1. Hey Yogesh, I’m just trying my best to share this information with all so everyone is aware.

    1. Hey Pamela, totally. This will help many in living a healthy lifestyle. That was my purpose of writing this post.

    1. Hey Priyanka, I’m glad that you like it. Any information about allergens is important for us to know!

  11. Managing allergies is so essential to ensure your quality of life is not affected. But zeroing in on the cause of allergies is so important, to ensure its proper management. With the kind of polluted air that we breathe, we are all so vulnerable to allergies.

    1. Hey Sandy, I totally agree with you. managing allergies is indeed important and finding the root cause is important.

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