New Delhi, -- With the mercury hitting a peak already,
air-conditioners are on full blast everywhere. From offices
and cars to theatres and malls, the it is the most prized
appliance at this time. However, for those who are allergic
to the AC's direct draught as well as the dust particles
that accumulate in the machine, this can be a painful time.
You can neither avoid them nor depend completely on
anti-allergens, as the latter can make you drowsy. Here is a
look at what causes this allergy and how you can counter it.
Causes If you are unable to breathe properly or are
constantly sneezing when the AC is on, it may mean that the
air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced, as they trap
allergens such as dust and pollen. These allergens, when
released into the air, can be troublesome for those with low
immunity levels or with any respiratory ailments. Symptoms
Watery eyes Runny nose Wheezing Coughing Heavy breathing
Thumping headache Painful soreness in the eyes and nostrils
Dealing with it Try to maintain some distance from the AC
and make sure you don't sit or sleep directly in front of
it. If possible, get the air filters cleaned every month. Do
breathing exercises such as pranayam.
Include Vitamin E and
selenium in your diet to boost your immunity levels and
Omega-3 to reduce allergic reactions.