Allergy tips for every season
Most allergies are seasonal in nature and come and go with each season. Here are a few seasonal tips for your allergies. The best way to keep an allergy at bay is to avoid any contact with whatever triggers your allergy. Avoid places where you know there are known allergens such as dust, dander or pollen.
And if you ever get an allergy, it is always best to see a doctor and take care of it before it gets worse. Most treatments can only suppress an allergy, not cure them. Most allergies are developed in early childhood and can last throughout one’s life, however, some people do tend to outgrow their allergies, but this is rare.
This article provides tips to prevent allergies in different seasons of the year. It takes into consideration the basic causes of allergies during these seasons and what you can do about them.
Winter allergy tips
In winter the air is usually clean and crisp, however it is also necessary to make sure that the air indoors is clean and allergy free as well.
- Make sure you keep warm in the winter, but remember to keep all firewood outdoors as molds can develop and give rise to your allergies.
- Keep all heating ducts and air filters clean, as dust and mites are inclined to grow here. Also make sure to change air filters on a monthly basis.
- If you have pets, make sure that they are washed and cleaned frequently. Also restrict their living areas, do not allow them into the bed room.
- Lastly, avoid going out in the extreme cold, as it can trigger an asthma attack. Keep your face, ears, and hands covered at all times outdoors.
Spring allergy tips
Spring can be an allergy sufferer’s nightmare. In spring, there is more moss and mold growth due to spring rains. The air is also filled with pollen, as new flowers, weeds and trees begin to blossom. In spring:
- Keep pollen under control by washing your bed covers every week in hot water. Also remember to take a shower daily when you come in from outdoors. Avoid spending lots of time in the garden.
- Make sure to vacuum and dust every week. Wear a mask and gloves while doing this so as to limit your exposure to any allergens or irritants.
- Also wash your rugs and carpets to reduce dusts or molds from forming.
- And finally remember to keep the air indoors clean by changing the air filters and vent coverings on a weekly basis.
Summer allergy tips
Summer can also be a very dangerous time for people with allergies. Protect yourself by:
- Staying indoors between 5 and 10 a.m., as that’s when pollen counts are usually at its highest. You can check the pollen count in your area by going online or calling your local allergy center.
- Not going out into the hot sun directly from an air conditioned room. Extreme temperature changes can bring on an asthma attack.
- Do not dry laundry outside as it tends to catch pollen.
- Avoid working in the garden without gloves and a mask and protect yourself from pollen, molds and mildew.
- Clear out any weeds or dandelion from the garden as they can trigger allergies.
- Also make sure to keep your pets clean during the summer, as they tend to play in the yard and bring allergens back into the house. Either keep your pets’ outdoors at all times or make sure you clean and wash your pets before they come inside.
Autumn /fall allergy tips
In autumn make sure that you:
- Wear a mask while raking the leaves, as the dust can trigger your allergies.
- Keep your air filters and dehumidifiers clean at all times. Wash them at least once a week to avoid molds.
- Also talk to your kids about their allergies. Fall is back to school time. Your kids should know from an early age what their allergies are and how to avoid them. Additionally speak to your child’s teacher and/or school nurse and inform them about any allergies you child may have.
- And as winter approaches make time to air dry your woolies in the warm sun to kill any dust mites or molds that could have formed in them.