Allergies are a challenge to deal with physically, but often the emotional part of the condition for the family and the one with the condition gets overlooked. Here are 5 suggestions for how everyone affected can take some of the stress out of managing this incurable condition.
Educate Everyone — This is one of the best ways to help everyone feel more capable to cope with a situation should it arise. Let family and friends know what irritants cause your allergies to flare. The people that you live with will be relieved that much of the mystery is taken out of triggers for flare-ups.
For instance, regardless of whether it's perfume, smoke, pollen, pet dander or dust, everyone gets a chance to work toward keeping the air indoors free of these irritants.
Be sure to educate children about these problem substances. You'll be surprised at the good ideas they can have about keeping the air clear for you. And doing this helps empower them and makes them feel like they are making a difference in keeping you well.
Extended family and friends should be kept in the loop too about allergens that can cause an attack. More than likely they will be happy to create a safe place for you in their homes when you visit.
Create An Emergency Plan — Sometimes as much care as we take with avoiding allergens, a flare-up will happen. Just like practicing for a fire by figuring out the best escape roots and where to meet, knowing what the best course of action is in an emergency before it happens will help everyone deal with it more effectively, and could possibly save a life.
Write emergency numbers close to the phone. Have children practice dialing the numbers without actually connecting. Make sure they know that they should follow the plan if you are able to remind them or not. If there is medication for fast acting relief make sure everyone knows where it is.
Practice having children unlock doors alone in case they need to let paramedics in without the help of an adult. Give them the number so family, friends and neighbors that they can call as a backup if they are home alone when an emergency happens.
Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle —- Help your family understand that even though there is no cure for allergies, there is much that can be done to live a normal and healthy lifestyle anyway. Eating healthy, exercising, getting the proper amount of sleep, and going for regular check-ups are all things that everyone in the house can be involved in doing.
Not only are these patterns good for allergies but they are good for all and set a wonderful example for children. The habits they see you follow will likely stay with them for a lifetime, and will go a long way towards making them aware of just how much a healthy lifestyle can affect good health and quality of life.
Follow The Doctor's Advice — If your condition is sufficient enough to consult a physician, it is important that you follow his advice. Seeing a professional and deliberatively disregarding their advice can be stressful for those who live with you and is also a very poor example to set for children.
Taking medication, even when you do not want to shows those you love that you are doing all you can to help yourself. Helping yourself in this way takes a huge emotional burden off your family's shoulders. And be sure to explain that even though there is no cure, there are many people who live long lives in spite of this condition.
Filter Your Air — One of the best ways to continuously provide air that is low in allergy triggers is to clean the air with a high efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) filter. A cleaner that runs all the time and that can keep air quality high by keeping known airborne triggers low can put everyone at ease.
Knowing that the air inside the house is safe as you can make it regardless of the conditions outside means that not only does it help the person with allergies be physically comfortable, but it can also help put everyone emotionally at ease.