How to reduce those nagging summer allergies
The summer months can be brutal for allergy sufferers. This is supposed to be the time of year for enjoying get togethers with friends & family, vacations, or simply relaxing. How is that even possible when you’re constantly being tormented by these microscopic nose ninjas?
Skip the doctor’s office this season and show those summer allergies who’s boss!
*If you enjoy being miserable from seasonal allergies, the following tips are not for you.
Get to Know Your Allergies
Recognizing your symptoms and the allergens that cause them to occur is the absolute first step to minimizing your exposure. There are many types of allergic reactions, including watery, itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus pressure, and even asthma attacks. Your body creates histamines by releasing certain antibodies into the bloodstream in response to injury and in allergic and inflammatory reactions.
The most common allergens causing these symptoms are airborne and virtually impossible to avoid. They are both inside & outside of your home, your place of work, and anywhere else you may be trying to enjoy your summer. Luckily there are ways you can reduce your exposure and “Take Back Your Summer”!
Cut Down In-Coming Air Pollutants
The best way to keep those nasty allergens from breaking into your home is by keeping your windows and doors closed when possible. If this is simply not an option for you, make sure you have good screens in place. There are many options out there, which can be easily found online. You also want to make sure the screens are cleaned regularly. Pollen and other debris can be tracked into the house when windows and doors are opened and closed.
Evade Peak Pollen Hours
Pollen is one of the worst seasonal allergens. If pollen tends to ruin your summer days, try to avoid the outdoors during the hours that pollen seems to flourish. This occurs in the morning hours or on dry, windy days. When temperatures begin to drop in the late afternoon and into the evening so does the amount of airborne pollen.
Avoid Hang Drying Your Clothes Outside
Pollen can also negatively affect your skin causing severe itching & rashes. Your damp, hanging laundry can easily collect a large amount of pollen spores, which will end up in your home. Try to use a clothes dryer when possible. If you must hang dry, it should be done later in the day when the pollen count drops.
Keep Your Home Clean
Pollen is not the only airborne allergen that should be avoided. Whether you like it or not, dust mites and dust mite feces are everywhere (gross, I know). The amount, however can be greatly reduced by simply keeping up with your household chores. Weekly dusting is a good start along with vacuuming 2 or 3 times a week. Wash bed sheets and clothes often. If you notice your allergies acting up while cleaning, it might be a good idea to wear a standard dust mask. Having your Air Ducts Cleaned every few years can help reduce the amount of allergens being circulated throughout your home.
Use Mattress Protectors.
Keeping your home clean is a great way to reduce allergens such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, etc. Mattress and furniture covers add an extra layer of protection. Be sure to get the impermeable covers. This will keep a protective barrier between you and those dreaded allergens. Covers can be cleaned and reused, much easier and more effective than vacuuming your mattress and furniture.
Summertime can be problematic for those who suffer from allergies. All it takes is a little planning and you can finally “Take Back Your Summer”!
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