Allergies are on the rise in spring. For some, the change of seasons only causes a few sneezes here and there. For others, the effects can be very problematic and restrict their ability to breathe. Take the precautionary steps listed in this article to fight these symptoms and ensure you can live actively as the weather warms up.
What Allergies Cause
Allergies can cause a myriad of issues – all differing in severity. Besides the common shortness of breath, allergies may cause you to experience:
- Hives or rash
- Coughing, sneezing, or runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Tightness in the throat
- Trouble swallowing or swelling of your tongue
It’s best to start by understanding the causes.
There are several things that can trigger allergies. Some of the most common are:
- Pet Dander
- Dust Mites
- Certain Foods
The earlier you can identify your triggers, the more equipped you are to prevent and fight allergy symptoms.
How to Breathe Easier During Allergy Seasons
1. Avoid Putting Your Laundry on Clothing Lines Outside
While hanging your laundry outside can save money and add a level of freshness to your clothing, it also acts as a pollen magnet. During the allergy season – especially during high pollen times – do not hang your clothing outside on clothing lines. Use the dryer instead.
2. Stay Inside on High Pollen Days
You, too, should stay inside – at least during high pollen times! The amount of pollen in the air varies from day to day but on average days, pollen rises during the morning, peaks midday, then gradually falls. Try to avoid the high-pollen times as best you can!
3. Shampoo and Shower Every Night
While being outside, your skin and hair will gather different pollens. To avoid having the pollens spread throughout your bedroom and other living spaces, be sure to shower thoroughly every night.
4. Use Allergy Treatment as a Preventative
Be proactive rather than reactive by taking allergy medication prior to experiencing any symptoms. However, be sure to consult with your doctor before doing so.
5. Clean Air Filters
At home, at the office, or when driving, keep the windows closed and the air conditioning on to avoid the circulation of pollen. However, this greatly heightens the importance of regularly cleaning and replacing your air filters.
6. Introduce Plants to Your House and/or Office
In addition to having air filters cleaned, invest in some of the best natural air filters – plants! Plants not only look and smell great, but also absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants in exchange for oxygen. Some of the top air quality improving plants are:
- Aloe Vera
- Areca Palm
- Lad Palm
Learn more about plants that improve air quality.
7. Travel With a POC
A portable oxygen concentrator (POC) can help you be prepared for an allergy attack or other emergency. POCs provide therapeutic oxygen, so it can help you regulate your breathing during a time of need.
Breathe Easier During the Allergy Season
With the seasons changing, your spring shouldn’t be spent sneezing, coughing, or having trouble breathing. Rather, you should be embracing the warmer weather and living actively! Use the tips above to help you breathe easier this allergy season.