This allergy season, the pollen count is high. Many of us will be experiencing symptoms such as itchy eyes, dry skin, congestion, headaches, and fatigue. You might be thinking, “Tell me more!” Our bodies react to pollen inhalation like it is a foreign invader. You start sneezing, and your eyes become watery like Niagara Falls. These allergy symptoms can be treated with medications such as steroidal nasal sprays and acupuncture. However, avoidance is the best way to treat seasonal pollen allergies. Your home’s air quality is a major factor in seasonal pollen allergies. Jay Ayers is Trane Heating and Cooling’s Indoor Air Quality Product Manager. He shares his top 10 tips to reduce allergy symptoms during the pollen season.
Take off your clothes and shoes as soon as you get inside.
Although you might not be able to see the pollen on your clothes, it can attach to your clothing and pets. To get rid of pollen on pets’ fur, wipe them with pet wipes.
Dry your clothes on a clothes drying rack, not an outside line
Do not dry your bedding and clothes outside if the pollen count is high. It will ruin the purpose of washing them in the dryer.
Make your bedtime routine more interesting.
Reducing allergies can be reduced by switching your shower time from morning to night, just before you go to bed. You can wash off any allergens on your hair or face from the previous day and transfer them to your pillows and bedding.
Make this part of your daily routine at least once a week to help you find any items that have been tracked in your home or left behind by windows and doors.
Change your bedding and clothing once per week.
Even though you might not be lying on your back in bed wearing the same clothes as outside, pollen can travel through the air. To prevent this, wash your bedding once per week. To kill pollen, dust mites, and eggs, the washing machine must be at 130°F.
Keep your garden in shape.
Keep your lawn and garden neat throughout the spring to prevent the longer blades of grass from collecting as much pollen from trees and flowers.
Be educated, know your pollen count, and plan accordingly.
It is always a good idea to be familiar with the weather. You should know the best times to go outside and when pollen counts are at their lowest. It is usually the worst time of day, especially in the morning.
All mattresses and pillows must have certified bedding.
Allergens will not be able to seep in with certified hypoallergenic or allergy-free bedding. However, you should ensure that the bedding you purchase covers the entire bed and pillows to ensure that there are no pollutants.
Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
We often open our windows to let in fresh air after winter. However, spring also brings in pollen and allergens. An air cleaner can improve the air quality in your home. This revolutionary system removes up to 99.98% of the harmful bacteria and allergens from the air we inhale at home.
Use allergy medicine before you travel outside.
This is the best way to take allergy medications. This prevents your body from producing histamine or other chemicals that can cause symptoms.