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For many people, the warmer weather means one thing: allergy season. For those with allergies, this time of year can be a real challenge. The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your allergy symptoms. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for reducing your suffering this Spring allergy season. Stay tuned for more information!
What are spring allergies?
Spring allergies are caused by airborne pollen from plants, trees, and grasses. These allergens can travel for miles on wind currents and cause hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis) in people who are particularly sensitive to them.
What are some common allergy symptoms?
Common symptoms of spring allergies can include itchy eyes or watery eyes, persistent sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing, and a runny nose. You may also have a stuffy nose. People with more severe allergies may even experience shortness of breath or wheezing.
Are there any health risks to Spring allergy season?
Yes, prolonged and severe allergies can lead to more serious health problems. Allergy season can cause asthma attacks if allergens are breathed in, which can be life-threatening. Additionally, chronic sinusitis or issues with the eardrums can arise from long-term exposure to airborne particles.
7 Tips for how to ease allergies
Now that we discussed what Spring allergy season is, its symptoms, and some health risks, let's discuss how to ease allergies. Remember, what works for one person, does not always work for another. The best way to find out what works for you is by trial and error.
Keep windows closed and use the air conditioner
As much as you may want to open windows for fresh air, try to resist that urge. Pollen particles in the air make it difficult to breathe, so keeping your windows closed is a must if you suffer from allergies this Spring allergy season. It's best to keep the house temperature controlled with an air conditioner set to “recirculate” to avoid bringing in outside air.
Wear a face mask when outdoors
If you have to be outdoors, wearing a face mask can help reduce the amount of pollen entering your body. It's important to choose a mask with a filter and make sure it fits snugly across your nose and mouth.
Change clothes after being outdoors
When you come indoors, change your clothes to avoid bringing in any pollen particles that may have been collected on them. It's also a good idea to take a shower and wash your hair after spending time outside.
Take an antihistamine
If you're suffering from mild symptoms, it might be helpful to take over-the-counter allergy medications. These medications can help reduce inflammation in the eyes, nose, and throat and provide relief from itching and sneezing.
Keep your home clean
It's important to keep your indoor environment as clean as possible. Vacuum regularly and avoid leaving clothing or other items out on the floor where pollen particles may be collected.
Wash bedding regularly
Pollen can easily accumulate on bedding, so it's important to wash your sheets and pillowcases regularly in hot water. This will help keep allergens at bay while you sleep.
Invest in an air purifier
I've suffered from allergies during the Spring allergy season since I was a child, and my whole family has. We actually have seasonal allergies for every season. My sister had allergies so bad I remember growing up, she had to go to the doctors all the time for allergy shots. I had the skin tests for allergies done and it came back that I had a sensitivity to pretty much everything! Later, we found out that because of the pinprick type test, it could have been my Fibromyalgia that affected the test results. Fibromyalgia does affect my immune system though.
I have a lot of medical problems including asthma. The type I have is called cough variant asthma, another name for it is stress and exercise-induced asthma. Unlike the traditional form of asthma, I don't get gasping or shortness of breath. I will get this weird cough that sounds like a tickle in my throat that won't stop.
I also get pain in my chest and while I'm not gasping for breath, I can not take a deep breath. This is frustrating because we all know how exercise is good for you. However, it's a catch-22 for me because it can also trigger an asthma attack.
Until recently I didn't think my allergies and asthma were connected. A few months ago I had to be rushed to the ER in the middle of the night due to an asthma attack. The paramedics had to give me a breathing treatment on the way to the hospital. At the hospital, they gave me another one, a prescription for steroids for a few days.
Upon a follow-up appointment with my primary care doctor, I was given a maintenance inhaler, a nebulizer or breathing treatment machine at home, and medication for my allergies to take daily.
They suggested I start to use an air purifier in my home. I started to use the Atem personal air purifier from IQAir. This has been a game-changer for me! It sits on my desk in my office and I have clean air to breathe thanks to the Hyper HEPA filter.
I have noticed an overall improvement in my allergies and asthma since I started to use this. I always wanted an air purifier because I thought it might help with my breathing. We had NO idea it would help this much. My everyday symptoms are better: I don't have to take my rescue inhaler as much, I can take a deep breath, I'm not as tired and I sleep better at night! The Atem personal air purifier is so portable I could move it around the house if I wanted.
I leave it in my office on my desk because this is where I spend the most time. You can purchase a case for it separately if you do want to take this with you. It's perfect for a desk job in an office building or such.
There are 3 settings for the Atem, all you have to do is touch the side and it will turn on. You can have it on low, medium, or high. A blue light will light up on the Atem if it's on when it's off the light is red.
I try to limit the number of medications I take when I can. Spring allergy season and asthma can be controlled with less medication depending on the air quality we are breathing. Obviously, the better the air quality, the easier it is to breathe. IQAir also sells an AirVisual Pro monitor.
I knew the air in my apartment was bad, however, I didn't know exactly how bad until I started to use this air quality monitor. There is an app you can download to work with it as well. I'll be honest, I haven't really used the monitor much other than to turn it on and see what the air quality is.
The above picture shows the air quality in my home office with the air purifier going and my air conditioner. It was still better outside than in my office, only slightly. This gave me a good chance to take a break and go for a family walk with the dog.
If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or other breathing issues, I highly suggest purchasing a personal air purifier and an AirVisual pro monitor.
Spring allergy season is rapidly approaching and it can be a difficult time for many people. Taking proactive steps to reduce allergy symptoms can not only improve our well-being but boost our sense of confidence as we go about our days. There is so much that can be done to help manage allergy symptoms, from nasal irrigation to laundry detergent swap outs to investing in an air purifier.
Hopefully, these tips on reducing spring allergy season symptoms enabled readers with the information needed to identify problem areas and make any necessary changes for an allergen-free life. Be sure to bookmark or save this blog post as a reference for when you may need a helping hand with dealing with allergies during this season!
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