Most people look forward to Spring. Yet for some, it equates to misery on the horizon. As the temps begin to climb, so does the growth of molds, the spread of pollen, and more. Luckily, immunologists and other experts have some great advice for allergy sufferers:
Reduce Your Exposure Outside
It may seem like an impossible task, but limiting your exposure or becoming aware of your triggers will help ease your symptoms. In other words, if you are allergic to pollen, check the daily levels and wind speed of the day. If pollen is high and the wind is whipping around, you’re more likely to have an allergy attack.
When choosing to go out on high level/wind days, you may think about taking a doctor- recommended med, wear an allergy mask, or even try natural alternatives to reduce symptoms.
Reduce Your Exposure Indoors
If you know your downfalls are molds or dust, opening windows on a windy day might do more harm than good. It may push the dust/mold spores already in your house into the air. If it is pollen, you may be allowing it easy entry. Although it is important to clear your house of the poor air quality from a long winter, have a family member do so briefly while your gone.
The Mayo Clinic and The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology advises pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning and at night. They suggest allergy sufferers keep their humidity under 55 percent and use high-efficiency HEPA filters for their furnace/air conditioners.
- Remove carpets (they tend to trap dust, animal dander, etc.)
- When dusting, use a antimicrobial damp cloth on furniture to deactivate mite droppings and prevent them from becoming air-borne (check safety of cleaning solution in conjunction with use to prevent damage to furniture).
- Use HEPA filter vaccums and ask non-allergic family members to empty the canister for you.
- Use a highly rated/reviewed HEPA Air Purifier.
People don’t have to be held captive by their allergies. When they take precautions and learn more about how to deal with them, they’ve empowered themselves to live life to the fullest. For some, allergy attacks may not be preventable, but can be more managed.
For more information on allergy management, contact your doctor or immunologist. You may also find a plethora of information from Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and Integrative Medicine from the University of California.