If you’re allergic to dust mites, use those bedding covers
Pillowcase and mattress encasings can help dust mite allergies, because they prevent mites from migrating in and out. “But make sure the packaging says how many microns the fabric is – the smaller the number, the tighter the weave and the more mites it will block,” says Dr Sublett. He says it should be at most 4 to 5 microns and ideally 2 or below. “If the product doesn’t tell you a number, I’d consider that a red flag,” he says.
Neti pots are weird, but they work
A neti pot is a device you use to flush and moisten your nasal passages with a saltwater solution. Dr Smith said he used a neti pot out of curiosity so he would know whether to recommend it to his patients. “It was a little scary at first, but now it works like a charm,” he says. “Many allergists like to use nasal irrigation themselves as a natural remedy.”
Your adult-onset allergies may have been around longer than you think
If you had recurrent chronic bronchitis as a child, it likely could have been asthma. “Adult-onset symptoms of allergies and asthma are more common today, but in some cases, you just didn’t recognise symptoms you had during childhood,” says Dr Blaiss.