Allergies seem additive to me... No big deal if I get exposed to cottonwood dander. But if I get exposed to cottonwood dander, and have a bit of an allergy to wheat, soy, dairy, etc and I'm eating those foods, or exposing myself to common allergens like soaps, fragrances, cosmetics, pets, then they all add up, and the cottonwood dander is what pushes me over the edge...
Eat only organic foods, and pay close attention to identifying and avoiding allergy-inducing foods. Common allergenic foods include: milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish. Keeping a food/symptoms journal can help in identifying problematic foods.Live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.Prepare meals from actual fruits, vegetables, and meats. No mystery pastes, chips, sauces, breads, cakes, candies, etc. Avoid foods pre-packaged into boxes or plastic bags.Use only water for cleaning, no soaps, detergents, fragrances, drier sheets, shampoos, etc Cook only in stainless steel, glass/ceramic, or cast iron.Treat the house as a quarantine location. Removing street clothing at the door and putting on clean clothing, or living nude inside. No shoes inside. Guests are not allowed inside if contaminated. A lot of potential guests arrive highly contaminated with perfumes and laundry chemicals, even though we warn them ahead of time that we don't allow those inside. Removing carpeting, and living on wood flooring. Eliminating oils from diet that are high in Omega-6 (soy, canola, corn, peanut, cottonseed). Our allowed oils are butter, lard, coconut, flax, olive. Drink plenty of water, electrolytes, and herbal infusions.No pets allowed.Wear masks as needed. Particularly when outside, or visiting commercial buildings. Our masks are knit fabric. They also seem helpful at night as a method of increasing humidity.
I concur with many of the excellent suggestions in Sharol's blog.
I have a family member that is severely troubled by allergies. Our mitigation strategy consists of the following:
Marshall: We found that higher humidity is helpful. Seems like that works for you also. You might consider a more effective humidifier.
If there are certain garden tasks that put you over the edge (perhaps threshing the wheat), you might consider hiring someone to do that task for you.