With Spring on the way, the time for allergies is coming thick and fast. Seasonal allergies usually refer to allergies surrounding the intolerance to pollen and fungi, which happen to be more prominently airborne in the spring and fall. Sometimes referred to as hay fever, the reactions can range from sneezing and coughing to swollen eyes and a puffy face, to your throat closing in very severe cases. Luckily, there are ways to try and limit the impact of seasonal allergies, by taking careful steps in your life to reduce exposure.
1. Clean your home
When it comes to Spring, it is time for Spring cleaning. In the Winter, we tend to have the heating up high, which causes condensation. This condensation invites mold and other types of fungi to grow. It is important to start the season by clearing all this away, as when the hotter months come and you open the windows, the spores will likely become airborne, irritating your allergies.
2. Don’t hang laundry out
When you hang your laundry outside, it is exposed to flying pollen, seeds, and spores. When you wear those clothes or sleep in that bedding, you will find your body having a reaction. To prevent this, try to find a place in your home where you can hang your laundry, instead of outside.
3. Take antihistamines
You can take an antihistamine every morning as a precaution. This will build-up the antihistamine levels in your body so that when confronted with pollen, you will not react or if you do, it won’t be so violent. You can buy antihistamine over the counter in any drug store without a prescription.
4. Wash your hair at night
If you have thicker, fuller hair or your hair is long, you may want to consider washing it more frequently. When you go to bed at night, the pollen and other particles will fall onto your pillow. This will cause you to have an allergic reaction during the night. Try to wash your hair every evening, even just with water.
5. Wear a mask
When you go outside, you can wear a face mask, as doctors do in hospitals. This will prevent pollen and other particles from flying into your nose and mouth. Make sure to buy disposable ones or to wash it frequently, otherwise you will be bringing the pollen straight back into your household.
There have been interesting recent studies which show that acupuncture is extremely helpful in reducing allergic reactions. This may be due to the fact that acupuncture reduces the stress hormone, cortisol. This reduces inflammation in the body, which can help to reduce irritation from allergies.
7. Use a dehumidifier
Putting a dehumidifier in your home works in two ways. Firstly, it will filter the air, removing any airborne spores or pollen particles. It will also reduce dust to you will sneeze less. Moreover, it takes the water out of the air. Moist environments are the perfect place for mold to grow, so drying the air will prevent mold from spreading.
8. Replace your carpet
Having carpets in your house is like having a trap for your allergies. Every time you open a window or a door, the pollen and spores will trap in your carpet. No amount of vacuuming is really going to be able to get every spore out. Consider laying wooden flooring instead.
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