Spring allergies, which can begin as early as the end of February in some areas, are a common problem for many today. Symptoms of spring allergies can range from mild sneezing and itchy eyes, to congestion and fatigue. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent spring allergies before they begin.
- Use the Air Conditioner
Avoid the urge to air out the house by opening the windows. Use the air conditioner to keep the house cool and free of pollens. You can also buy a HEPA filter that will remove most of the dust and pollen from the air coming into your home through the air conditioner.
- Protect Your Eyes
If you have to be outdoors during allergy season, wear sunglasses. If you’re highly sensitive, a pollen-filtering nasal mask can help as well. You should also try to avoid wearing your contact lenses when the pollen count is too high, since tiny particles can get under the lenses and irritate your eyes.
- Wash Up
After being outdoors during high-pollen periods, remove and wash your clothing and take a shower. Wash your hair every night, especially if you use gel or mousse. These products can trap pollen. Be sure to also dry your clothes in a dryer as opposed to line drying them, since pollens can stick to wet or damp clothes.
- Conduct a thorough spring cleaning of your home.
Allergens in mold and dust can lurk on shelves, around windows and in heating vents, where they can wreak havoc during the spring season. Consider getting your heating vents professionally cleaned every few years to eliminate potential allergy culprits. Other tips for getting your home ready for the spring time included:
- Using toiletries, cosmetics and household products that are natural and unscented.
- Vacuuming your carpets and draperies on a regular basis.
- Clearing up unnecessary clutter to lessen dust buildup.
- Having a separate room or storage for shoes and clothing you wore outdoors.
- Bathing and grooming your cats and dogs on a frequent basis.
- Keep pets off of beds and other furniture
Pollen can cling to the fur of dogs and cats, and then be transferred indoors to bedding and upholstery. If you have pets, you may need to vacuum your floor even more often to keep pollen from collecting in your carpet as well.
- Don’t Bring Dirty Shoes Inside
You might be surprised to know that shoes carry more germs than toilet seats. Since you use them to travel different places and they come in contact with the dirtiest of environments, shoes are the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria and allergens. You can prevent allergies and other diseases from spreading due to the dirt on your shoes by placing a shoe rack or basket at the entrance of your house and making sure that it is regularly cleaned.
- Eat Right
Improper eating habits aggravate many health problems, including asthma and seasonal allergies. Medical studies have shown that antioxidants help battle inflammation inside your body, a critical factor in controlling allergies. You can also try eating more foods rich in omega-3s. These include fish, eggs, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. As much as possible, don’t consume too much food that formulates mucus in your system such as dairy. Lessen you intake of preserved foods, caffeine and sugar. This kind of unhealthy diet decreases the detoxification in the blood, can cause liver problems and increases allergic reactions.
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