At the moment in the evenings or early mornings, when we start to have runny and blocked nose together with sneezing, we quickly think that our environment may contain dust mites or the air conditions cause us allergic. Some of us may not know whether we are actually suffering from allergy or common cold. So when a person starts sneezing, he or she immediately thought it is an allergy and takes antihistamine to stop the allergy. The symptoms of the allergy and common cold are quite similar, i.e. runny nose, blocked nose and sneezing. But the actual difference between allergy and common cold is the cause to this illness. The latter is due to a weakened immune system followed by an influenza viral attack, whereas allergy is due to allergen such as dust mites, pollen, cat dander, mold and etc. A blocked nose can adversely affect your sleep in the night because it disturbs your breathing activity or it may cause you unable to fall asleep. Subsequently, uptake of oxygen by your body is reduced and this will cause fatigue and unable to concentrate in the day time. Uptake of oxygen is important because it is the main natural ingredient that is used by our body to regenerate energy. The consequences of this are your day time productivity will reduce and you may in high risk of accident such as car accident or workplace accident. After wake up in the morning with allergy, you will not enjoy the sniffles and the heavy head feeling throughout the whole morning.
Symptoms of the most common forms of sneeze allergy:
- nasal congestion,
- itchy and watery eyes,
- wet nose,
- stuffy or runny nose,
- scratchy or sore throat,
- throat clearing,
- cough from postnasal drip.
Allergy is a continuing ailment if you are not looking for treatment. This continuing ailment will cause a heavy impact to your quality of life. You may completely at sea when it comes to the remedy for this illness. If your sleep-depriving symptoms originate from common cold, you can try the following medication that had been found by German doctors, which is able to relief cold. This formulation has been used for more than 50 years and it is an herbal combination of Thujae Occidentalis, Baptista and Echinaceae, which is able to help sufferer to overcome the common cold. Compared to other forms of formulations, this prescription only needs to be taken by user when it is necessary; whereas, others usually need the user to use it frequently during illness and even after recovery. Both Thujae and Baptisiae work as a very powerful immune system booster. Furthermore, by adding together with Echinaceae, the efficacy of this mixture will be enhanced. This is because Echinaceae has antiviral properties. This combination not only helps in activating the body’s immune system, it is also increasing the body resistance to viral or bacterial infection. It is unnecessary to take this combination of herbal extracts for long term basic like a supplement to prevent infection. What you need to do is just take this combination for five days after attacked by the virus or take it for a few days when you feel that you have been infected until the symptoms disappear. The main symptoms of a common cold are runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing. You may also have a mild fever. This herbal combination is safe for both adults and children with very little side effects, which you may not feel it. However, prevention better than cure, you should try to avoid contact with anyone who has or suspected has a cold. After you have contacted with someone who has cold, the cold virus usually stays in your body for a few days before starts to attack your immune system. This also depends to your immune system conditions during this few days. If your immune system is strong and healthy, you won’t be infected and cold symptoms will not appear. Therefore, we should maintain our body immune system health and don’t try to weaken it. Immune system is usually weak for a person, who is under stress. In order to have a strong and healthy immune system, we should have enough rest. Besides, having enough sleep everyday also can help to maintain a strong and healthy body’s immunity.
To improve your quality of life, the following steps will help you to ease your illness symptoms if you are suffering from allergy that is caused by dust mites and other types of allergen. Zippered dust-proof covers, which are made from Dacron or other synthetic fiber, should be used to cover your pillows and mattresses. This is because these types of pillow and mattresses covers are allergen protectors. Often washing all bedding habit has to be inculcated. The right way to wash your bedding stuffs such as pillow cases, mattress cover, sheets and blankets is using hot water at about 60 oC. Wall hangings, which are made of fabric, should be taken down because dust mites, mold and mildew can be easily gathered on them. For those who have children at home, you have to make sure that your child’s toys are able to be washed either manually or using washing machine. Your child is always playing with these toys and dust may be deposited on them; therefore, it is advisable to launder them regularly. Instead of using drapes or curtains, which are easily deposited by dust, plastic blinds should be used because they are easily to be cleaned. Carpet is the place, where most of the dusts accumulate and it is also quite difficult and tedious to clean it regularly, especially launder it. The proper way to avoid accumulation of dust, which containing allergen, throw rugs should be used. If you feel it is quite wasteful, another alternative way that can be sought is changing your flooring to tile or wooden floors. Casing of upholstered furniture and the pad covers should be washed often because all these things harbour allergens. HEPA vacuum can be used to purified the air in your house once or twice a week and make sure that the vacuum bags are thrown away regularly. If the vacuum bags are not disposed properly, dust mites may escape from the bags into the house.