Have a Runny Nose in the Morning?

Have A Runny Nose In The Morning

Have A Runny Nose In The Morning

Many people wake with a runny nose in the morning.  Some people wake up with a stuffy nose every morning.  Does this sound like you?

Do you get up out of bed and start to move around and start sneezing.? You might wonder for a minute if you are coming down with a cold.  But, once the morning routine is under way  the symptoms go away.  By mid-afternoon you might have even forgotten that you woke up feeling poorly or that you had a runny nose in the morning.

Does this describe you or someone you know?  The foggy feeling in the head that clears by the time you take a shower?

Dust mite allergen is the most common household allergen.  Allergy to dust mites is often undiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

Dust mites are microscopic creatures closely related to spiders.  They are so tiny it takes a very powerful microscope to even see them. However, their body parts and feces contain a protein that can be a powerful allergen and makes it difficult for many people to get a good night’s rest.  It can also cause a stuffy or runny nose in the morning.

Dust mites feed on shed human skin cells.  They like it warm, dark, and humid.  Our bedrooms and our beds are the perfect environment for this miniature maker of misery.  We wash our clothes every time we wear them. They don’t collect skin cells, so they don’t have much for dust mites to eat.  Dust mites don’t want to be in your clothes.

However, we sleep on our sheets, blankets and mattresses night after night after night.  Because humans shed skin constantly, the bedding fibers trap the skin cells and set the table for the dust mite buffet.  We don’t wash our sheets and bedding after each use.  We certainly can’t get our mattresses and box springs in the washer either!  This is exactly why our sleeping places are literally a hotbed of dust mite allergen.

As we move about in our sleep, these particles become airborne and rain down on us only to be inhaled.  Once inhaled, the allergic chain reaction begins.  By the time the alarm clock goes off and it is time to get up, we have been inhaling that allergen for anywhere from 6 to 9 hours.  No wonder you have a runny or stuffy nose!

Allergists recommend that you encase your mattress and pillows in zippered dust mite proof covers.  All bedding should be washed every 7 days in 140° degree water.  If it isn’t possible to get your water that hot (most hot water heaters may be set to 120° or less) you can add something like De-Mite  (my favorite) to your detergent to kill those mites.

So, if you have wondered why you have cold symptoms in the morning that go away as the day goes on…stop wondering!  The next question is what will you do about it now you know the root cause?

Til Next Time!
PS. By reducing your exposure to allergens, you can reduce your need for medications and visits to the doctor.  If you want more detailed information, medications and doctor visits, click here to download your free copy of the e-book” You Can Do It! Allergy Free Living”.

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Find Summer Camps Friendly to Food Allergies

Summer camp is a great way for kids to socialize, get exercise, learn new skills, make new friends and grow.  Whether it is a sleep-away camp or a day camp, camp is a big part of the summer for many kids.  Don’t let your kid’s food allergies keep them from the summer camp experience.

If you are the parent of one of the 6 million children in the U.S. with food allergies, camp can also be a cause for concern.  You have worked hard to protect your child from food-borne allergens at home and at school.  How can you protect them at camp?

When selecting a camp, be sure to ask about their food allergy policies.  Ask if they have epi-pens on site and if staff completed training in their use.  Do food handling and preparing staff understand food allergies and avoidance protocols?

How far away is the closest medical facility?  For rural camps, it might be many miles to the closest hospital.

The FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) has published their  Guide to Food Allergy Friendly Camps.  Some camps are simply peanut and tree nut free facilities, others are geared for more multiple food allergies.  While they don’t endorse the camps in the guide, it does provide a good starting place if you haven’t selected a camp yet.

If your child has allergies to dust mites and pollen you can find some helpful tips in our resource center. Article – How to send your child with allergies to summer camp.

Wishing you the best of health

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Use Caution When Treating Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is here, and over-the-counter allergy medications are flying off tpills for allergieshe shelves. But did you know that mixing certain allergy medications with other medicines can have hazardous effects on your health?

The active ingredients of allergy products can cause over-medicating with other combination or single-entity non-prescription or prescription medications.

“By consulting with your pharmacist, consumers can make an educated choice as to which allergy medicine is right for them,” says Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, Remington professor of pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “Consumers should read the warnings on over-the-counter medicines and consult with their pharmacist or doctor in order to make educated decisions about which allergy medication is right for them.”

“Certain allergy medications (antihistamines) can cause drowsiness or sleepiness, and caution must be observed when participating in activities like driving or operating machinery,” Hussar noted. If this response is bothersome, the consumer should ask the pharmacist to recommend a product that does not cause this sedative effect.

Some antihistamines have a drying effect and cause annoying effects like dry mouth. “This is another situation in which the pharmacist can recommend another product that is not likely to cause this effect.”

Some allergy products contain analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. When an allergy product containing one of these analgesics as a secondary ingredient is taken by a patient who is also using an analgesic for another purpose, an excessive response may result. Side effects may be subtle and develop slowly but, in some individuals serious stomach, kidney, or liver problems could result.

Some patients with high blood pressure may experience problems due to the decongestants included in many allergy products. Decongestants can raise blood pressure, which can be particularly dangerous in patients with high blood pressure that is not well controlled, says Hussar.

Dr. Hussar has been quoted and has published extensively on issues surrounding consumer-related pharmacy practices.

Wishing you the best of health

The Allergy Store