Tips to Help With Allergies

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By Erica Campbell on April 22, 2013, 7:11pm Last modified: April 24, 2013, 9:42am

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The sniffing…the sneezing…the puffy, red, watery eyes…it can only mean one thing:  Allergy Season!!!  If you are anything like me, you dread those pollen count days, where the mere walk to the mailbox leaves you sneezing and running back to the house.  However, there are some ways to achieve relief…something many of us would LOVE to have.

Trees, Pollens, Grass and Weeds (my personal favorites to sneeze at)

Most trees and flowers spread their pollen in the spring (as in now); grass is during the summer (a great way to get out of mowing the lawn); weeds in the fall.  If you know what you are allergic too, it can help know when to be the most careful (i.e. when to avoid being outside as much as possible).

Here’s what you could do:

  • Keep windows closed…especially the bedroom
  • Wash hair at night so you won’t get the day’s pollen on your pillow
  • Keep mattresses and pillows covered with hypoallergenic covers
  • Check pollen count daily
  • With a doctor’s approval, look into allergy medicine that might give you relief

Cats, Dogs and other Furry Friends

The allergy to these creatures is usually NOT the fur, but their flaking skin (dander) and/or saliva.  Pet dander is really sticky and can be carried around on clothes and stay in the house for MONTHS after the animal is no longer there.

Here’s what you could do:

  • Keep them out of your bedroom and try to keep them off of your furniture
  • Keep them away from your face
  • Some air purifiers and/or room air cleaners could help
  • Vacuuming daily might offer relief
  • Obviously, if you are allergic and have a choice, not having a furry pet at all (think about getting fish instead)

Mold/Mildew

Mold and mildew grow where there is wetness or moisture.  Showers, walls and ceilings are where it can be seen.  However, it can also grow under carpets, wallpaper and/or paneling where it isn’t noticed as easily.  Basements and bathrooms are the most common places to grow mold and mildew.

Here’s what to do (so your house doesn’t become a Petri dish):

  • Use a dehumidifier, especially in the basement
  • Clean all visible mold…especially in the bathroom (pay special attention to shower curtains and doors, hidden areas, cracks and grout, in and around your showers and sinks)
  • Repair and/or replace anything damaged by mold/mildew
  • Be careful outside with compost piles, and piles of leaves.  When these get wet, they can be breeding grounds for mold

Unfortunately, for many of us, allergy season is not something we can avoid.  Sometimes, it is all year.  But if we know what we are allergic too, there might be steps we can take to make our allergies more bearable.

 

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Erica Campbell

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