My daughter suffers from allergies and seasonal asthma, so when a reader reached out with some tips on How to Avoid Spring Allergies, I jumped on the chance to share them here for other parents trying to do the best we can to help our kids through this season.
How to Avoid Allergens this Spring
The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. Spring has arrived. Most of us delight in the sights and sounds of spring, but for allergy sufferers, spring means stuffy noses, watery
eyes, itchy throats, and plenty of coughing and sneezing.
The good news is, there are many ways to avoid allergens and treat allergy symptoms. Following these tips will have you enjoying spring instead of dreading it.
1. Avoid peak allergen hours.
If you suffer from outdoor seasonal allergies, like pollen, staying indoors when the pollen counts are highest can help alleviate allergy symptoms.
Pollen counts peak in the morning between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Warm, dry days tend to have higher pollen counts, so it’s especially important to stay indoors on those mornings.
2. Keep windows closed.
Your home should be your safe haven from allergens, so keep windows closed as often as possible to avoid letting allergens in.
If you must open your windows, try to do so in the afternoon when pollen counts are at their lowest.
You can also place an air purifier by an open window to trap allergens or install pollen filters on your window screens.
3. Clean often.
A clean home is a happy home. This is particularly true for allergy sufferers. Keeping your home free of dust and other allergens can help alleviate symptoms. Dust and vacuum frequently, or at least a few times a week, to keep allergens low. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can help trap up to 99 percent of the most common allergens.
4. Remove clothes and shoes when you come inside.
Our clothes and shoes trap the tiny particles that can trigger allergy symptoms. Avoid bringing them into your home by removing your shoes before entering and washing your clothes immediately upon coming inside. This is especially important to do before sitting on any furniture or bedding to prevent allergens from settling into the fabric. You should also wash your bedding, window treatments, and other linens frequently to remove dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens.
5. Stay hydrated.
Dehydration can cause the histamine levels in the body to rise, so it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water also helps hydrate the skin which is crucial for those that suffer from allergic skin reactions like eczema and dermatitis.
6. Treat with nasal sprays.
Medicated and non-medicated nasal sprays can help reduce allergy symptoms.
Non-medicated nasal sprays that contain saline keep nasal passages moisturized without causing any unwanted side effects. These are an excellent choice for children or those with medication sensitivities. Medicated nasal sprays can block the histamine response caused by allergens. Doctor’s often prefer nasal sprays over an oral medication because it works directly where it counts- in the nose.
Living with allergies doesn’t have to be a challenge. With the correct prevention and treatment, allergy sufferers can get out and enjoy life again without constant interruption
from coughs and sniffles.
Author Bio: Paige Jirsa- I work with Top10.Today, a shopping comparison site, where we strive to help consumers find the best quality and priced products.