Allergy Relief FAQ's
This section lets you go directly to some fast answers of some common questions. If you find you need more information, please check out the relevant areas on our site. In some cases, the FAQ will direct you to sections that will give you more information on the question at hand.
I just found out I have allergies. There's so much information out there. Where do I start?
You've come to the right place. We have information on a broad range of allergy related products that can help you to manage your condition more effectively. We have sections on our site concerning almost every kind of allergy related product you can think of. We also have some information about allergies and asthma, which can help you to be more proactive in your self-care. Pick section, click on the link and dive in!
Do you sell any allergy-related products?
Nope. We don't sell products. We don't have sales reps. We write about allergy and allergy-related products. That's our only business.
What we have here is unbiased information. Because we are not affiliated with any allergy product company, we can give you the straight goods on the products, as we see it.
Once you have looked around our site and you know what you want, make use of our trusted sponsored links to start shopping. You will find sponsor links at the top of every page. Those links will be for companies offering the types of products that we are talking about.
Do you have general recommendations on how best to handle my allergies?
Yes, we do.
Check out the sections that relate to your type of allergy. Where there are generally accepted strategies for reducing your symptoms, we will have that information for you.
Here's an example: If you have dust mite allergies, one of the best things you can do is wash your bedding once a week in hot water! These kinds of strategies are listed throughout the site. We'll help you to be as cost effective as possible, as well as healthy, in your management of your allergies.
Can you recommend treatments for my condition?
No. You should always seek the advice of a health care practitioner, if you are looking for prescription help, or advice on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that might help. In particular, if you are wondering about OTC drugs, your local pharmacist can be a great help. Drugs are their specialty!
We may have some general suggestions of OTC remedies that we have found useful in our management of allergies. These are not to be construed as medical advice. Always check with your physician or health care provider if you have any questions about the appropriateness of a drug for you.
I'm trying to find out the local pollen count. Do you know how I can get that information?
For those who aren't familiar, let's talk a bit about what the pollen count is and why you should care.
The pollen forecasts can help hay fever sufferers to plan their activities and medication. The higher the pollen count, the greater the number of allergens in the air.
Most people would never think about it, but a main source of pollen is trees. During the spring months the main problem for hay fever sufferers is tree pollen. Some types, such as alder and hazel, can be in the air as early as January, depending on where you live. These types are followed by elm, willow and ash. Pollen from these trees affects only a small percentage of hay fever sufferers, but can cause symptoms in some allergic people. The pollen from silver birch trees is the most important tree pollen type for hay fever sufferers. This pollen type affects about 25% of hay fever sufferers. The season usually lasts for about four weeks and counts will be high on dry, warm days with some wind in areas where there are birch trees. The birch tree pollen season is followed by the oak tree pollen season. Oak affects fewer sufferers than birch.
The most important pollen type for hay fever sufferers in general is grass pollen. This season starts in late May and continues through to mid August and sometimes early September, depending on where you live. About 95% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen. The amount of grass pollen in the air can differ a lot from day to day and even within days depending on the weather.
This is where the pollen count comes in. If pollen counts are high, then an allergy sufferer may expect to have to take more measures to control their symptoms. It may mean a higher dose of antihistamine, or that it's time to turn on the air filtration unit in their home. Your unique response to the pollen count will depend on where you live and how severe your allergies are.