Your eyes love the sight of budding flowers and blooming trees, but they hate feeling red and itchy. Your nose loves the smell of your garden and freshly cut grass, but hates being runny and sniffly. The beauty of springtime is offset by the terror of seasonal allergies, but luckily you can help keep them under control.
Seasonal allergies can start as early as February and can take you all the way until the end of summer. Trees will pollinate first in the spring, then grass in the summer, and then ragweed in the fall. If your area gets more rain in the spring, that can speed up the process of plant growth, while also increasing the chances of mold.
The term “seasonal allergies” typically refers to grass, pollen, and mold. However, other triggers are associated with a certain season and can also cause you discomfort, such as smoke, bug bites, or chlorine.
To combat the worst of your seasonal allergies, reduce your exposure to allergy triggers. You can stay inside of dry, windy days. The best time for going outdoors is after it rains, because the pollen is cleared from the air. When you come back inside, change your clothes and take a shower to wash off pollen from your skin and hair.
It can also help to keep one step ahead of the weather. Check the pollen forecast or current pollen levels to determine if one day will be more comfortable than another. Close doors and windows when pollen counts are expected to be high. Pollen counts are highest early in the morning, and you can try taking allergy medications before symptoms kick in.
Avoiding your seasonal allergies by retreating inside may actually be counterintuitive. Often the air quality inside your house isn’t much better than that outside. You can improve your home’s indoor air quality by using the air conditioner, making sure that the air filters are clean and clear. Have a dehumidifier running to keep the air dryer, and you can also use a portable HEPA filter in your bedroom so you can breathe easy at night.
If your seasonal allergies become difficult to control, you should consult with your doctor on the right methods and remedies for you. You might also learn what exactly is triggering you during allergy season, making it easier to avoid or limit your exposure to allergens.
There is little that can stop you from enjoying a nice day, but don’t let your seasonal allergies be one of them. Learn more about keeping your home and your family safe, and how to improve your indoor air quality, by calling Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.