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Easing the Pain of Family Springtime Allergies

By Jamell Andrews

For many of us, springtime brings a lot more than warm weather and extended hours of daylight. It also brings chaotic allergies because of pollen, dry air, and gusting winds that blow everything around even more than usual.

Fortunately, there are some simple, basic steps that we can all take in an attempt to take the bite out of springtime allergies. While most of us will certainly not be able to completely avoid some sniffling and sneezing, we can effectively reduce the severity of the symptoms we experience by arming ourselves with a bit of knowledge.

Less Exposure means More Relief

One of the best things we can all do to avoid the worst of springtime allergy symptoms is try to avoid certain triggers.

  • If you have to take care of some chores outside, wear a dust mask to keep allergens at bay.
  • When it is dry and windy outside, try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  • When you have been outside for an extended period of time, change your clothes when you come back inside. It might also be a good idea to take a quick shower to rinse your hair and skin.
  • Your pets should not be allowed on your bed or your couch because pet fur tends to contain pollen
  • Never hang laundry outside to dry. Pollen will easily get into your fabrics, including sheets and towels.
  • Avoid outdoor activities when pollen counts are at their highest.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed when the pollen counts are high.

Spring Cleaning

It is very important that you keep the air inside your home as clean as possible. Taking some basic precautionary measures will go a long way towards ensuring that the air you and your family are breathing is not full of irritating allergens.

  • Use your air conditioner! Some people tend to worry about the cost, but running your air conditioner in your home and your car is one of the best ways to keep allergens out.
  • It might cost a little bit more, but you should always buy allergy grade filters for your home. These really do help to filter out allergens that cheaper filters do not.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the air inside your home dry. This will help to reduce the number of allergens that can thrive inside your home.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA or small particle filter.
  • Use allergy-proof covers on your pillows, mattresses, and box springs for extra protection against dust mites.
  • Wash your blankets and sheets in warm water (preferably that is heated to at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • If you have carpeting, make sure you vacuum it at least once each week.
  • Finally, if it is within your budget at all, remove all of the carpeting from your home and replace it with laminate or hardwood flooring.

If you try these tips but you find that you are still experiencing a great deal of allergy problems, you might want to see an allergy specialist. There could be other things that are causing you to have an allergic reaction.

One Response to “Easing the Pain of Family Springtime Allergies”

  • mary:

    I have found that the cost savings of drying my clothes on a clothes drying rack is so worth it that during allergy season I simply find a place to dry them in the house. With savings of 6-10% on utility bills by simply stop using my power dryer. It is a worthwhile thing to do.

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