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10 Things To Remember If You Love Someone With Hay Fever

10 Things To Remember If You Love Someone With Hay Fever

Does someone you love suffer from hay fever? This chronic condition might not be fatal but it can be a pain to live with! Here are 10 things to remember if you love someone with hay fever.

1. They Can be Embarrassed by a Flare-Up

Fits of uncontrolled sneezing or coughing – particularly if nasal drainage or itchy, watery or swollen eyes are involved, can be very embarrassing for the hay fever sufferer. This is especially true if it takes place in a public area like a restaurant or library or in general social situations.

2. They Can Suffer from Fatigue

Hay fever doesn’t just effect the respiratory system. People with hay fever can also suffer from fatigue, a feeling of chronic tiredness which can make everyday living activities difficult. If hay fever is well-controlled, however, this can help to ease this symptom.

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3. They Should Avoid Outdoor Activities Sometimes

No, people with hay fever should not stay indoors for the rest of their lives! However, there are times when they should avoid prolong outdoor activities. Certain times of the year (such as the spring) and certain times of the day (early morning) are more likely to lead to a higher exposure to pollen. Dry, windy days can also lead to a lot of pollen, dust and mold spores in the air, which can set off an allergic reaction.

4. They May Need to Limit Activities Around the House and Yard

If hay fever is severe, outdoor activities like mowing, raking leaves or general gardening and indoor activities like dusting or vacuuming can cause serious flare-ups. People with hay fever might need to limit or avoid these activities or wear a protective mask over their nose and mouth while doing them.

5. They May Need Extra Equipment at Home

Having extra equipment around the house such as a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, an air conditioner and dehumidifier and an efficient filter on your home heating system can keep the air cleaner and make flare-ups less likely. Hypoallergenic covers for pillows and mattresses and wood, tile or linoleum flooring that can be easily cleaned and can also make the house more friendly to those with hay fever.

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6. They May Need Long-Term Therapy

Treating hay fever can often be a long-term deal. Those who suffer from it will often need to take daily antihistamines like Claritin or a nasal spray like Flonase which reduces inflammation. Many will also opt for immunotherapy (allergy shots) to help them build up their immune system and reduce the severity of attacks. Either way, they are in it for the long haul!

7. They Can Have a Reduced Sense of Taste and Smell

Chronic inflammation and congestion of the nasal passages can greatly reduce someone’s sense of smell – and sometimes even their sense of taste! So don’t be offended if your loved one comes home from work and doesn’t comment on the smell of the pot roast you’ve got going! And if they complain that something tastes “off”, remember that this can often be the result of their condition.

8. They are Not Contagious!

While hay fever may mimic some of the signs of a cold or the flu – such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, or sinus pain – it is important to remember that people with hay fever are NOT contagious! Their symptoms are caused by weaknesses in their immune system, not by an infection by a bacteria or virus.

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9. They Are More Vulnerable to Other Diseases, But…

People with hay fever can sometimes be more likely to get other conditions as well, including sinusitis (sinus infections), asthma (hay fever is a common cause of asthma flare-ups), and eczema (which can lead to dry, red, itchy skin). This is because all of these conditions are related to the body’s immune system and how it reacts to irritants and allergens.

10. They Are Not Sickly

It is important to remember, however, that people who have hay fever are often otherwise healthy and can lead full and active lives, especially if that hay fever is well-controlled. They are not sickly and enjoy the same activities as everybody else!

Remembering these ten things about people with hay fever can make life easier for everyone in the family to live with!

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

Think you have a boring life?

The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

2. Go Play with Kids

Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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3. Order a Hot Dog

While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

This will give you something to look forward to.

Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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13. People Watch

Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

People are infinitely interesting.

14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

15. Dance

You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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