It is uncommon, perhaps, but hardly unheard of for people to become allergic to just about anything. The method for controlling and overcoming the irritation associated with being allergic to something is basically the same regardless of the allergen at hand. You must take the reins of health care firmly between your own teeth while shooting at the offending elements with a shotgun in one hand and a six shooter in the other.
The process of putting an end to your allergy begins with limiting the amount of time you spend with the specific allergens that are at the root of your problem. This means staying away from ragweed if you know you are allergic or avoidance of wearing cashmere if that particular fabric is the unfortunate cause of your misery. Depending on exactly what is causing your red eyes and runny nose, you will need to take steps for avoision. This doesn’t mean slapping a pair of Kleenex boxes on your feet like — avoision?, it’s a word — Howard Hughes, but it does mean being sensible and acting with your head rather than your heart.
A good way to attack allergens entering your home that you can’t easily run away from is to keep your house clean of particles that will launch a war upon your sensibilities. Windows should be opened only during the dormant season of weeds and carpets should be vacuumed regularly if you have a pet running around inside the house. Put up a No Smoking sign outside your front door and don’t be shy about being a Nazi when it comes to allowing smokers to freely pollute and contaminate your private air.
Speaking of ridding the home of things that commonly cause allergies, you might want to give special attention to dust mites. Dust mites are at the root of many a sneeze or cough or bloodshot eye. The great news is that getting rid of these little critters is relatively easy. Wash both your sheets and your blankets on a tight schedule that calls for detergent to be poured at least once a week. A more extreme solution is to harken back to the time of your grandparents and slide plastic cases over your furniture.
Another popular cause of allergic reactions found in the home is mold. Look for mold and mildew around the kitchen, bathroom and any other place where moisture is a regular part of your home. Attack the mildew and mold at the first sight of its invasion. An addition warhead in the fight against mildew and mold that cause allergies may not be immediately obvious, but it can really contribute. Invest in ceiling fans to stimulate more efficient ventilation. This is especially true in any rooms with an adjacent entry into the kitchen or bath.