Spring is right around the corner! This means blue sky, budding flowers, and sunny days. But for some, it also means nasty allergies. Here are some ways to fight them off:
First and foremost, find out what it is that you are allergic to. There are two types of spring allergens: Mold – usually found in more humid climates from grass, leaves, and soil; And pollen – which comes from blooming flowers and budding trees.
Track your allergens. As the weather gets warmer, pollens and molds are released into the air. If you notice you have seasonal allergies, check your local pollen forecasts to better prepare yourself for that day.
Something to think about: You spend one third to a half of your life in your bedroom, so make sure allergens like dust mites don’t reside there too. If you’ve had your pillow and mattress for several years, replace them. Encase new ones in allergen-proof covers that zip closed and try to keep pets out of the bedroom. They can carry allergens on their coats. This is also a good reason to bathe them regularly. Believe it or not, there is no such thing as a “hypoallergenic” cat or dog. Even if they don’t shed, they carry allergens on their fur and dead skin cells (dander).
The best way to minimize allergies from pets is to keep them outside most of the time. If you can’t keep your pets outside, limit them to one or two rooms of the house. Pets can also carry allergens on their coats, so clean their fur and paws before they come inside.
Lush carpet feels great on bare feet! But hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors are easier to clean and aren’t a haven for allergens, as carpet is. Try area rugs to reduce irritants. Sweeping stirs up allergens and puts them into the air instead, so clean floors with a damp mop instead.
Wear oversized sunglasses. This might sound silly, but hey, Jackie Onassis did it, Audrey Hepburn did it. You should too — at least when pollen counts are high. Especially on windy days, big sunglasses will help keep pollen out of your eyes.
On bad pollen days, experts recommend staying inside during the day, when pollen counts are higher. But you don’t have to let that rain on your outdoor exercise. Instead, ride your bike, walk, or run in the evening, when it’s cooler, and pollen counts are lower. Shower when you come indoors so you don’t carry allergens through the house.
Use HEPA Filters. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters trap allergens. Vacuum carpets in your home once a week with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. Put HEPA filters on vents if you have central heating and air-conditioning.
If over-the-counter allergy medications don’t provide relief, an allergist can dig deeper into what’s causing your allergy and how severe it is. An allergist can also develop a more advanced treatment plan.
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