Tips for Protecting Yourself During Allergy Season

 

When a person is suffering from seasonal allergies they may not want to go out. A runny or stuffy nose, feeling of congestion, watery eyes, and related symptoms can make things very uncomfortable. While the seasons will continue to change there are some things that a person can do to help protect themselves during allergy seasons. These tips will help you take charge of their allergies and allow them to breathe freely.

Keep the Pollen Out

If you’re someone whose allergies are triggered by pollen during allergy season, then you should try to keep as much pollen out of your home as possible. The doors and the windows should remain closed. The temperature in the home should be cool and the air conditioner can be used for this. When you come in from school or work they should change their clothes and shoes to remove any pollen that was on them. You should also wash your hands and face to remove any pollen that has gotten on your body.

Medications

There are some over the counter medications that can be used to help reduce the symptoms of allergies. You should speak with their doctor or pharmacists to determine which one is best for you. Antihistamines can help you if you are going to be outside. Before going outdoors during allergy season, take these medications so that you can enjoy your time outside.

Brush the Pets

Pet dander is a big allergen for some people. Dander can lead to common allergy symptoms. If a pet is outside when there is pollen in the air it can get trapped in their fur, and you should brush your dog often and wash your hands when you are done. You should brush your pet outside so the allergens do not get into your home. You should also vacuum or mop your house daily to remove any dander that has been left behind.

Shampoo the Carpets

When it comes to cleaning your house it is important to remove hidden dirt and dust. Before the start of allergy season, if you have carpet in your home you can remove this hidden dirt and dust by shampooing and deep cleaning the carpet. This will remove hidden dirt that has gotten stuck in the carpets. This dirt can increase the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Keep the Bed Clean

It is important to wash the bedding at least weekly during allergy season. You should wash the sheets, pillowcases, and other items they may have on the bed. This will help prevent allergies from building up and affecting you as you sleep.

Watch the Forecast

It is important to watch the weather forecast during the allergy season. You should pay careful attention to the humidity level and the pollen levels. If these levels are going to be high during the day you should try to avoid going outside. If you decide in fact that you do need to go outside, consider doing so in the morning when the pollen, temperature, and humidity levels are lower.

Recirculation

When it comes to air conditioning inside your home, it is a good idea to make sure that your air conditioning is set to the recirculation mode. By setting your air conditioning to recirculation mode, the A/C unit will continue to move around the air that is already in your home, which in turn will restrict the outside air and allergens from entering your home. 

Air Filters

A HEPA filter (high-efficiency particulate absorbing) is one of the best ways to filter the air, by catching all of the dust and dirt in the air before it gets a chance to enter into the air inside your home. These filters can be used in air conditioners, vacuums, and humidifiers. These filters however must be cleaned or replaced often. This will allow any dirt and allergens that have gotten trapped in this filter to be removed from the home.

Control Humidity

While you might not be able to control the humidity levels outside there are some things you can do inside of the home to reduce the humidity levels. High humidity in the house can lead to the growth of mildew or mold. Both mildew and mold can lead to an increase in allergens. In addition to this, mildew and mold also trigger seasonal allergies or increase the symptoms. You should have their home checked for both mildew and mold and have it removed by a qualified professional.

Protect the Eyes

Watery or itchy eyes are common during allergy season and they can both be very annoying. When going outside it is important to make sure that your eyes are protected. Sunglasses can keep the pollen from getting into the eyes. Wraparound sunglasses will offer more protection and will make sure the eyes are fully protected from pollen and other allergen triggers.

Watch When Mowing

Even during allergy season a person still needs to make sure their lawn is taken care of, and it helps to watch the weather and select a day that is low in temperature and humidity to mow the lawn. People that suffer from allergies should avoid fresh-cut grass at all costs. This grass can trap pollen and other allergens leading to an increase in symptoms.

Hats

A hit with a brim can offer additional protection when a person is outdoors. The hat will help protect the face from coming in contact with allergens. The hat will also help protect the hair. If a person is not wearing a hat the allergens can get trapped in the hair and will follow a person inside.

Shower Often

It should go without saying that a person should shower often especially when they have been engaging in outdoor activities. If you’re doing anything outside or staying outside for an extended time you should take a shower to remove allergens that may have gotten attached to the body and followed you indoors.

These are some tips to help you protect yourself during allergy seasons. As the seasons change pollen and other pollutants get into the air which can trigger allergies. If you take these tips and precautions into consideration, you can reduce the effect of pollen and allergens during allergy season.