Spring comes with pleasantly warm weather, and, for some people, runny nose, itchy eyes and the inevitable box of tissues.
Allergy season starts as the warm spring weather sets in with an increase of pollen and mold in the atmosphere. This triggers a reaction in some people because their immune system treats them as harmful substances and promptly attacks them. This attack manifest as the known symptoms of seasonal allergies.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) says pollen season could start from February through October, although the start and end dates are dependent on your location and weather patterns.
However, you don’t have to allow the allergies creep up on you. Taking a few preemptive steps before the onset of the allergy season will give you a head start. Preventing these irritants from activating your immune system will help you manage the symptoms.
How to Prepare for the Allergy Season
1. Early Treatment
Early medication before you start feeling allergy symptoms will help prepare your body and ease your stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes. Antihistamines stop histamines that cause your allergy symptoms. Taking allergy shots can desensitize your immune system to the allergens that cause your symptoms.
2. Early Cleaning
Start spring cleaning before the season starts. A total, thorough cleaning of your entire home will remove any dust or pollen already inside. Ensure to wear a protective mask especially while cleaning outdoor to minimize exposure to dust and pollens.
Change your clothes and shower afterward because pollen can stick to your clothes and hair making their way into your home.
3. Track the Pollen Levels
The major allergens responsible for most of the allergies in spring are tree and grass pollens. Closely monitor the pollen levels around your area. There are a variety of applications and websites that offer this service. Plan to be indoors when your local pollen count is high and crank up the AC.
4. Shut Your Windows
The warmer weather might tempt you to open your windows for some fresh air. The fresh breeze feels good, but it will also carry pollen into your home. Ensure all windows and doors are closed to create a haven against your allergens during the peak pollen season.
5. Change Your Air Filter
Ensure to change your air filter every 3 months to keep the air inside your home clean and free of pollen.
6. Eliminate Mold
Mold often occur in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens; any area that is prone to dampness. Clean out all mold from your home and ensure humidity levels stay below 50% to prevent mold from returning.
Adequate preparation, while the pollen counts are still low, will keep your allergies under control. Talk to your physician if over-the-counter medications are not helping to relieve your symptoms or contact a certified allergist.