Spring Has Sprung!

17199516121_7ca7c3c526_oSpring is officially here and you know what that means; the cold and gloomy winter weather gives way to the season of renewal and regrowth. Spring is a lovely season, but, with the change into warmer weather and the flowers in bloom, many people suffer from allergies and congestion specifically during this season. The best known ways to deal with allergies and allergens is to avoid them, but sometimes that is not  possible. So here are a few tips to help families keep the pollen outside the home as best as possible:

 

  • Don’t hang clothing outside to dry. Pollen can be trapped in clothing fibers. Use a clothes dryer or indoor drying rack.
  • Wash bed sheets in hot water weekly.
  • Use allergy-proof covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs.
  • Be aware of the fluctuating pollen counts in your area. Avoid the outdoors during peak times between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Use the air conditioner in both home and car. Keep windows closed.
  • Shower and wash your hair before going to bed to wash off allergens that you may have encountered during the day
  • Keep pets off furniture and out of the bedroom, as they may have pollen in their coats.
  • Check damp areas in your home for mold and mildew and remove with non-toxic cleaners.
  • Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
  • Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom

If your symptoms become unbearable, consult your physician and/or pharmacist for over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, or nasal sprays to alleviate symptoms. Follow these tips and more at mayoclinic.org

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