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It’s hard to enjoy spring when you’re experiencing sneezing, wheezing, a runny nose, and itchy red eyes. Spring allergies are no laughing matter and can truly put a damper on outdoor activities. Here are five things you can do this allergy season to help yourself feel better and get out into the great and wonderful outdoors.
- Keep it clean. Do a deep cleaning in your home to remove any existing allergens. Look for mold in bathrooms and basements, as this is a serious issue especially during springtime when a lot of moisture is present. Remove any cobwebs, dust, fur/saliva/dander from pets, vacuum all carpets and rugs, wash curtains/all cushions and pet beds, etc.
- Consider seeing an allergist. If you have allergies, some symptoms you’re experiencing may be signs of asthma. If you have a cough that won’t seem to go away or if you easily lose your breath during a simple activity, consult with an allergist to see how you can start feeling better.
- Let the clean air in. A HEPA room air cleaner is great at removing allergens from the air inside of your home. If you have central air, change the air filters every three months, using filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12.
- Don’t let the fresh air in. It may be tempting to open up the windows and let the breezes of spring blow into your home; however, you’ll also be letting allergens inside of your home by doing so. Pollen can come in and settle on carpets, furniture, and upholstery. Same applies to your car windows; keep them closed.
- Don’t use Google to diagnose yourself. It’s always best to consult with an allergist as to what to do about your allergies and triggers, as they can offer medication as well as allergy shots to help make life more enjoyable for you, especially during springtime.