Keep these 15 pollen tips in mind as you try to reduce spring allergy symptoms:
1. Download a free app like the WebMD Allergy to monitor allergy and pollen levels. You’ll get convenient notifications for high levels of pollen from trees, grass, ragweed and more.
2. Although you might be tempted to open your doors and windows on a beautiful spring day, you’ll simply be letting clouds of pollen into your home. Keep them closed as much as possible.
3. Save outside activities for after a rainfall when the pollen will be cleared from the air. Avoid dry, windy days when pollen swirls most.
4. Ask friends or family members who don’t suffer from allergies to help out with lawn mowing, weed pulling, and other outdoor chores that can stir up allergens.
5. For days where you are active outdoors, keep your activities to the evenings when pollen counts are lowest.
6. Much of the pollen in your home enters on your shoes. Keep a welcome mat at entrances to your home and encourage your family to wipe their feet and remove their shoes just inside the door.
7. Remove clothes worn outside, and shower to rinse your skin and hair. Otherwise, that pollen will end up on your furniture and in your bed. Yikes!
8. Wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes from pollen.
9. Your dog’s fur and paws are like pollen magnets. Set a damp cloth or paper towel near your door to wipe down your pets after being outside.
10. Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bedcovers weekly in hot water that is at least 130°F to remove allergens and kill dust mites that can trigger symptoms.
11. Make sure the recirculate air option is selected on your car’s air conditioner to minimize pollen coming into your car and getting past your cabin air filter.
12. Don’t dry laundry outside as pollen can stick to sheets and towels, and be carried into your home.
13. If you take over the counter medication for allergies, take it before you have symptoms on high count pollen days.
14. To remove pollen, mold, and other particles from the air in your home, consider a whole-home electric air purifier. These miracle machines can trap up to 99% of asthma triggers in your home’s air.
15. Keep your indoor air humidity between 35-55% with a humidity control system that will benefit your whole house. This helps keep your lungs and nasal passages hydrated and can help filter out allergens from the air you breathe.
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Bonus Tip: If you haven’t had your pre-season A/C tune-up yet, now is the time to book online! Get your system in tip-top shape before the summer temperatures arrive.
We hope you find these pollen tips helpful throughout the spring season!