The transition from summer to fall is recognizable by cooler weather, trees changing colors, and of course… allergies. Allergy season is rough on the body, and many people tend to ignore their allergy symptoms. This blog post will be your guide on how to manage your seasonal allergies.
Identify your allergies
The first way to manage your allergies is to identify what is causing the irritation. Are there pets in your home? Do your symptoms trigger when you’re outside? Or is it when your house hasn’t been cleaned? Considering what triggers your allergies can help you determine if it is a pet dander issue, pollen issue, dust mite issue, or something else.
Thoroughly clean your house often throughout the allergy season
Whether your allergies are related to dust or pollen, it is still a good idea to clean your house as often as you can. Mattresses, rugs, and carpets can trap allergens and other irritants. You should also ensure that you are cleaning your ducts and filters within your HVAC units.
Adjust your HVAC system to help with allergies
Speaking of HVAC units, they can help the air quality in your home. Keeping the air dry with dehumidifiers, replacing the filters in your units with HEPA and hypoallergenic filters, and regular maintenance can improve your indoor air quality this allergy season.
Keep track of the weather
Monitor the weather to keep track of pollen counts and forecasts. When you know that the pollen count will be high, close your windows and take allergy pills before symptoms appear.
You should also avoid hanging laundry to dry outside due to pollen sticking to it. After coming back indoors, remove and wash your clothing as well as your body to avoid bringing pollen indoors.
Use over-the-counter remedies
Lastly, OTC remedies such as nasal sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants are a sure-fire way to resolve your symptoms (as long as you have properly identified your allergies).
Nasal rinses and steam are also an excellent way to help your symptoms.
We hope these solutions can help you during this allergy season. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to approach your doctor about allergy shots.
If you are worried about the air quality in your home, we would love to help you by conducting an indoor air test to see what solutions can help you.