For the lucky people who do not know what catarrh is, let alone how to spell or pronounce it properly, it is simply another disease of the respiratory system. For those who have it, it dominates their lives. For the worse. Many catarrh sufferers are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and go through their lives medicating for colds and allergies without realizing that catarrh is treatable and manageable. Here are some tips to living with catarrh and making your life easier:
Dust is catarrah’s mortal enemy and never the twain should meet. Catarrh can be easily triggered by house dust, which is extremely toxic if you also have an allergy to dust. The best way to avoid this is to air out your house or apartment every week. Dust your curtains, rugs, and bed sheets.
Though it sounds tedious, it is a small price to pay to manage your catarrh. Rugs and curtains especially are repositories for dust as they are made of heavy fabric and are not often moved. Bed linen will be less so as it is disturbed daily. All of the above must be dusted and aired out every week and washed in warm water at least once a month. On the other hand read some reviews on how to maintain your low-priced carpeting to avoid catarrh.
Forget the Flowers
If you are allergic to dust, chances are you are allergic to pollen too. Pollen is a fine grainy dust produced by flowers in spring, which is dispersed by the wind in order to fertilize another flower. Pollen can easily be inhaled and can irritate and then activate your mucus ducts. The best way to avoid inhaling pollen is to wear a mask when going outdoors and not buying or selling flowers that give off pollen. In Japan, so many flowers produce pollen during spring that colds, allergies and hay fever become almost an epidemic, so pharmacies stock up on masks, which everyone wears to school or work.
No matter how much you love singing in the rain, do not do so if you have catarrh. In fact, any form of prolonged moisture on your head and in your hair is bad news for catarrh sufferers. The term ‘head cold’ is sometimes used to describe what may really be a catarrh situation triggered by getting caught in a downpour. Always carry an umbrella with you and if you are caught unawares, duck under the nearest shelter and wait for it to clear. The mad dash to go home early is not worth the snot- fest. If you do get wet, change out of your clothes and dry your hair as soon as possible. Wash away the coldness with a hot drink and don’t hesitate to take precautionary medication if you have been prescribed any.