Moving to a new location always creates challenges of many kinds, however, for people with allergies there can be additional stress due to a worsening of symptoms. Tiredness caused by the relocation process itself can make the body more vulnerable to minor infections that will trigger allergic reactions. A lot of dust is created when moving furniture around in the home and, if moving into a house that has been empty for a while, there may even be mold to deal with. Stressed pets can shed more hair than usual and different kinds of pollen or pollution in a new area can create difficulties. With all this in mind, it’s important to be organized and have an allergy plan.
Making an allergy plan
Making an allergy plan means thinking through the possible hazards of a move and preparing as carefully as possible. Taking a few simple steps can reduce the risk of serious problems. They should include the following:
- Registering with a doctor in the new area.
- Carrying medication in an easily accessible place.
- Staying properly hydrated.
- Having cleaning products ready for use.
- Creating a safe room.
A safe room should be the first place set up in a new home. It doesn’t matter what sort of room it is, though often it is most practical to make it a bedroom. It should be cleaned thoroughly, made off-limits to pets, and the doors and windows should be kept closed as much as possible. This will provide a place to escape to in the event of serious problems arising, such as the onset of breathing difficulties.
The best way to prevent breathing problems arising is to keep very clean; washing hair before going to bed will help reduce pollen allergies. If the climate is humid a dehumidifier can help prevent the growth of mold. Any discolored patches on walls, especially in basements or bathrooms, should immediately be cleaned with bleach.
Carrying a suitable inhaler reduces the risk of any breathing problems becoming dangerous. Warm, moist air is also good, so sitting in a bathroom with a hot shower running can help provide relief. There are also medical preparations designed to target congestion – choosing to buy Nasonex before moving is a good plan. Finally, eating local honey – which will contain local pollens – can help the body adjust and stop reacting to them.
Skin problems that appear after a move are best dealt with by frequent showering. Ensure that the water is not very hot and apply a mild, unperfumed moisturizer afterwards. If unfamiliar skin problems develop, especially if it’s warm outside, insect bites may be to blame. It is a good idea to invest in an insect repellent and ask your new neighbors if there are known problems with biting insects in the locality.
Eye allergies can be triggered by multiple factors, including some of the cleaning products used to help protect against other types of allergy. Sticking to familiar products when moving makes it easier to narrow down potential causes. Pharmacists will be able to provide eye drops that may help or, alternatively, a simple saline solution that can be used to bathe the eyes and bring relief.