Spring is here, and spring allergies are taking their toll on you and your loved ones. These nasty inconveniences tend to attack your system in a life-disrupting way:
- Sneezing & runny nose
- Coughing and wheezing
- Inflamed and Watering eyes
- Nasal congestion and pressure
You may think there’s nothing you can do. Luckily, that’s not entirely true. Whether it’s pollen or dander that causes your reaction, these spring allergy coping tips can help. Here’s how to fight back against spring allergies:
5 Common Spring Allergies
Spring allergies are incredibly common. Right now, more than 24 million people suffer from asthma in America. What’s more, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness. Allergies cost the medical system more than $18 million each year. Here are a few of the most common allergies that show up each spring:
Allergy 1. Tree Pollen
Tree pollen is one of the primary allergens because trees produce pollen each spring. These light, airy spores are carried by breeze.
When you breathe in the spring air, the spores end up in the mucus tissue of your nose and throat. While virtually all trees produce pollen, these are the largest offenders:
Allergy 2. Mold
Mold is everywhere, and it’s a particularly nasty spring allergy. The reason for its prevalence is because mold works much like tree pollen. Substances like yeast and mildew release spores, which are also carried by the wind.
These spores are particularly common outside during the spring season. While there are many types of mold spores, the most prevalent are Alternaria, Cladosporium, and Hormodendrum. These can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, and skin irritation.
Allergy 3. Dander
Pet dander is very tiny skin particles that shed from animals with fur and feathers. As pets shed their winter coats and the weather gets warmer, they produce more dander than normal, which can increase spring allergy symptoms.
While there’s little you can do about pet dander (short of getting rid of your pet), grooming and anti-dander can help limit your pet’s output of dander. You can also banish dander from your home by washing textiles, vacuuming frequently, and dusting.
Allergy 4. Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that live in household dust. The symptoms of an allergy to dust mites are very similar to hay fever reactions, and can include sneezing, runny noses, and red eyes. Additionally, Asthma sufferers may experience a difficulty breathing.
Allergy 5. Grass
Grass pollen is at its highest rates during late spring and early summer. While there are dozens of different types of grasses, all of them emit pollen of similar substance. Like tree and mold spores, grass pollen is at its highest rates during the spring months.
Tips to Fight Spring Allergies
If you thought you were always going to be a victim to spring allergies, think again. These smart tips can help you fight spring allergies and stay healthy all season long:
Tip 1. Deep Clean Your Home
Keeping your home as clean as possible is a fantastic way to decrease indoor allergies. Wash indoor textiles, like carpets and curtains, and dust regularly. Be sure damp areas are well-ventilated, and take care to wipe down spaces like bathrooms.
If you are very sensitive to home allergies, it might be a good investment to have the professionals do a thorough spring cleaning. Here’s more about how you can get your home ready for spring cleaning, before you pass off those deep cleaning projects.
Tip 2. Use a Dust Mask
The last thing you want to do is to accidentally inhale allergens while you’re cleaning. It defeats the whole purpose. A preventative measure to take while dusting and emptying out the vacuum is to wear a mask. You can find these at the home improvement stores.
Tip 3. Hot Wash Textiles
Kill dust mites and other bothersome buggers by washing your textiles in hot water. Theses microscopic creatures live in household textiles and are virtually impossible to vacuum or dust up. They can, however, be killed with a hot wash and dry. Toss a dryer sheet in for a nice smell and soft fabrics.
Pro-Tip: Have you taken any action to rid your mattress of dust mites? There are many options including professional cleaning, DIY sprays and futuristic mite-killing UV light machines. You spend 1/3 of your life there so investing here is well worth it.
Tip 4. Be Mindful of Indoor Plants
Indoor plants can improve or harm the air quality in your home. Indoor plants that are over-watered release mold spores into your house.
If you have hay fever or a mold allergy, you’ll want to be especially mindful of house plants. Keep them out of the bedroom and other high-trafficked areas, like the kitchen.
Tip 5. Control Home Mold
Mold spores in your home are particularly dangerous. They can wreak havoc on your well-being and health. Furthermore, it is difficult to eliminate them completely.
Luckily, you can control them. For best results, adjust your home’s humidity levels to control mold growth. Install a dehumidifier or hygrometer to keep home humidity close to 50%.
Tip 6. Wear Sunglasses
If you suffer from an allergy to pollen, wear sunglasses to keep pollen outside of your eyes. This is especially important on windy days, when pollen and mold spores become airborne. Sunglasses offer another unique benefit. Since allergy-irritated eyes are more sensitive to sunlight, wearing sunglasses can help lighten the burden. Plus, you know you look good in shades.
Tip 7. Irrigate Sinuses
Using a homeopathic sinus irrigation can usher allergens out of your system before they wreak major havoc on your health. These systems can be found at your local pharmacy. They use a PH balanced saline solution to gently flush dust, mold, and irritants from your sinuses. Be sure to rinse only with distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to prevent possible infection.
You can add this to your daily routine or as a pro-active measure after a day of deep cleaning. We’re not gonna lie. It’s going to feel really dorky, but it’s better than battling a full-blown sinus infection.
Enjoy Spring by Fighting Against Spring Allergies
Spring is a gorgeous season and there are too many things to appreciate about spring to be bogged down with allergies. Wouldn’t you rather be sprucing up your home with some spring décor or coordinating your spring fashion wardrobe? Use these tips to lessen the burden of spring allergies so you can get back out there and enjoy this beautiful season.