Spring is in the air! Warmer temperatures, sunshine and spring showers bring our landscape back to life! But along with the flowers, bees and budding trees, comes high pollen counts which can mean misery for seasonal allergy sufferers. The dreaded sneezing, itchy eyes and constant nasal congestion can leave a person eager for the next fall frost! Follow some of these simple tips to help keep you prepared and comfortable this allergy season.
- Get your spring cleaning done! Mold and allergens stick to surfaces in our home environments. Vacuum carpets using a good vacuum with a HEPA filter. Wipe down hard floor surfaces frequently with a natural mold fighting solution made with grapefruit seed extract. Just 1 drop per 2 ounces of water in a spray bottle, helps to disinfect surfaces and fight allergy irritants like mildew.
- Regularly wash all linens in hot water to remove allergens. Research indicates that bedrooms and carpets are a haven for dust mites. These are microscopic bugs that feed off the dead skin cells we constantly shed and leave droppings behind that trigger allergic reactions.
- Bathe your pet regularly to remove allergy causing substances that stick to fur and get tracked into your home. And don’t neglect your own hair! Lather, rinse and repeat to remove pollen after spending time outdoors.
- Turn on the dehumidifier. Dust mites, mold and other allergens thrive in a humid environment. Invest in a dehumidifier or turn on the air conditioner to remove moist air and to help you breathe easier.
- For those suffering from nasal congestion, try using a Neti Pot. Neti Pots flush nasal passageways and keep them clear by using a natural saline solution to reduce inflammation and wash away allergens.
Even though pollen is on the prowl, don’t let seasonal allergies prevent you from getting active and enjoying the outdoors. Check back tomorrow and learn about how foods can impact your seasonal allergies.
Coaching you to “Feel Better and Live Longer!’
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC- Algoma