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How to Prepare for Spring Allergies

Last updated August. 27, 2020


Spring is a beautiful season. Most people appreciate it so much, but some of us dread the thought of the seasonal allergies that come with the season. While every other thing about the season can be great, feeling sick is never fun.

Sneezing, sniffling, coughing, post-nasal drip, and itchy eyes are some of the issues many of us will have to deal with once again.

While there is hardly anything we can do about pollens in our environment, there are ways we can prepare for spring allergies and make the experience less troublesome.

You shouldn’t wait till your allergy symptoms set in. The following tips can help you prepare better:


Check your Medicine Cabinet and Shake it Up


If you suffer spring allergies and have a particular medication that helps you cope, you need to look for it as early as possible.

It is recommended that you start getting ready two weeks before the allergy season starts with full force. Go through your medicine cabinet and identify the medications you need.

Check the packaging and labels carefully and decide what you need. If there are some that are past their expiration date or look bad, toss them away.

If there are over-the-counter medications that normally help with your allergy symptoms, you can get the supply in time and start treatment before the symptoms become heavy on you.


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 See an Allergist if you are unsure of your Medications


There is no point in waiting for allergy symptoms to make your life miserable before seeking help. It will help tremendously is you see an allergist as early as possible.

While it is recommended that you start drugs that were previously effective early in the allergy season, seeing your allergist should be the most important thing. Even if previous treatments weren’t very successful, seeing an allergist early enough can still help you in many ways.

The doctor may recommend new medications that will help this time. You are expected to make this season-important visit before you start seeing pollens in trees.


Start Tracking Allergen Levels


By tracking pollen counts, you will know when it is the right time to go out. You will also be able to plan your schedule to help reduce your exposure to pollen and other particles that can trigger your allergy symptoms.

There are weather stations that offer daily pollen and mold count reports. Check your favorite ones often to understand when it will be safer to go out. There are weather apps and websites that provide pollen counts, also. You can download the right app or bookmark the reputable website.

With your smartphone, choose the most convenient way to track allergen levels and use the information you get to your advantage.


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Do Real and thorough Spring Cleaning


Spring cleaning is not just about keeping your home looking nice and sweet. You should also do it to rid your home of pollens and other allergens. It is a good practice to start your home cleaning as early as possible.

When spring cleaning, ensure that all surfaces are properly dusted. From tabletops to bookcases to light fixtures, dust, pollens and other particles can settle just anywhere. Take your time to wipe all surfaces. Wash all curtains and sweep the floor thoroughly. You should also use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Throughout the spring season, continue to clean thoroughly to remove allergens as soon as they find their ways into your home.


Be Smart with your Doors and Windows


While cleaning is important, you can help yourself further by preventing pollen from getting into your home during the spring season. You can do this by being smart with your doors and windows. You need to keep them shut most often to prevent pollens from getting in.

It can be very tempting to open the windows and let the fresh warm air to enter. You shouldn't do that if you or anyone in the household suffer seasonal allergies.

You should also keep your car windows shut while driving during the spring season.


Change your Air Filters


This is the right to change your air filters. If you want to keep your indoor air quality high, changing the filter every three months is recommended. Even if you are not so concerned, try to change it now that the allergy season is fast approaching.

There are other environmental control materials that can help you, too, such as zippered pillowcases and mattress encasements. These can help reduce dust mites and can even help with pet allergies.


Mold-Proof your Home


We have already hinted that mold is another allergen that can cause allergy symptoms during spring. Mold can cause other health issues you should never have to deal with. All you need to do is take care of mold in some of the places they are most likely to grow, like your kitchen, bathroom, basement, and other areas where moisture issues are possible.

You can make your home mold-proof by repairing and sealing leaks immediately you find them. In fact, you need to find points of moisture problems and prevent them.


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Get an Indoor Air Purifier


An indoor air purifier can also help you remove allergens from your indoor air. This is one of the ways to drastically minimize your risk of suffering seasonal allergies.

Combining that with the other tips above works perfectly. You should go for purifiers with High Particulate Air (HEPA) filter system. While most cost a significant amount of money, some are quite affordable.


Use your Air Cooler with a Dehumidifier


If you own an air cooler (which is clearly the best air cooling solution for most households), It is important that you use it with dehumidifier during spring. This is because these machines improve humidity while cooling the air.

With an efficient dehumidifier, you will be able to keep your indoor space as dry as possible, while maintaining a comfortable.


Play your Schedule to Avoid Peak Allergy Hours


You will still need to go outdoors from time to time. It is advisable that you plan your schedule so that you don't go outside during peak allergy hours.

Track allergy counts and go out when you are less likely to be exposed to heavy pollens. You should also take measures to ensure that you don't enter your home with lots of allergens.

Remove your shoes at the door, take off your clothes for washing, and also take a shower as soon as you get home.

Spring allergies can be tough on some people. If you or someone in your home suffers allergies, the measures discussed above can be very helpful. Visiting an experienced allergist and taking the right medications are critical for many sufferers.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.

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