The scoop on sneezing and sniffling
You’re likely wasting your money on decongestants. You might really not know what you’re allergic to. And you could be starting treatment way too late. When you have allergies, you feel miserable day and night, so it’s important that you do all you can to feel better. Allergy specialists weigh in on everything from hypoallergenic dogs (they don’t exist) to mattress encasements (use them) so you can use their tips to stop sneezing and sniffling.
Is every year really ‘the worst one yet’ for allergies? Possibly
“There’s admittedly some role of PR and marketing in that, but climate change does seem to be making allergies worse,” says allergist-immunologist, Dr Richard Weber. “Allergenic plants are bigger and produce more pollen, and seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer.”
Don’t assume you know what you’re allergic to
Two-thirds of people with any allergies also have year-round allergies to things like dust mites, mould, or pets, says allergist-immunologist, Dr James Sublett. “You may assume you’re allergic to your cat, for example, but testing may reveal that it’s actually something else,” says Dr Sublett. “Also, many people experience delayed reactions to allergens, which makes them harder to recognise. You could be outside mowing the lawn and sneeze a little bit, but experience more significant wheezing and coughing six hours later when you’re inside getting ready for bed.”