While most people welcome spring, those who suffer from spring allergies are likely to consider the season a mixed blessing. If you or any member of your family suffers from spring allergies, you need to take precautions to reduce the incidence of allergic reactions. This will improve the quality of life for everyone in the family – no need to take days off from work either for your health or to take care of a sick child, lower medical bills, and plenty of time for fun activities together.
Many people suffer from spring allergies that affect the quality of life for themselves and their families. Not only do they have to miss work or school, but spend time and money on medical treatment. However, by understanding the causes of spring allergies and taking steps to prevent their entry in to your home, you can significantly reduce hay fever and asthma attacks for yourself and your family members. Spring allergies are caused by dust, mold, and pollen.
Just like humans, pets – dogs and cats – too can suffer from spring allergies. While humans react to pollen, dust, and mold by sneezing, animals will react by itching, biting, and scratching. This can lead to small injuries and sores that can suffer from secondary infections. If you believe your pet is suffering from hay fever or seasonal allergies, you need to consult a vet who will prescribe mild steroids or more intensive treatment.
The presence of pets at home can also increase the chances of allergic reactions in members of your family. If your pet sheds hair at home, this can trigger allergic reactions. The best way to avoid this if you have family members who are sensitive to animal hair is to have pets that do not cause allergies. Consult an allergy specialist and choose breeds of dogs that do not cause allergies as a pet.
Pollen and dust can enter your home through open windows, especially when the wind blows in the direction of your home. The best way to tackle this is to prevent the pollen and dust from entering your home. Keep windows closed to ensure that your home is dust free in spring.
When you keep windows closed and run the air conditioner to cool your home and ventilate it, you run the risk of the dust and pollen entering your home through the vents of the air conditioner. You need to clean all the vents in your home – the air conditioner vents, the dryer vents, and so on – to ensure that there is very minimal chance for dust and pollen to enter your home through them.
4.Dragged in from the Outside
Another way in which pollen and dust enters your home is by being dragged in to your home from outside. Every time you step outside and come back in, your clothes and footwear will bring in dust and pollen that can accumulate in your home and affect those who are allergic to it. So plan ahead and make sure your movements have purpose.
5.Solutions to Keeping Pollen Down
One way of ensuring that less pollen and dust enter your home is to remove outdoor footwear at the door, using a doormat to keep dirt out, and removing outdoor clothing such as coats, hats, and gloves in the mud room or entry way itself. When these steps are practiced by every member of your family as well as guests, the amount of pollen and dust tracked into your home will be reduced substantially.
Additionally, you can keep your yard damp so that there is minimal dust around your home. To reduce pollen in the air around your home, select the type of plants you have in your garden with care. Instead of having a garden with plenty of flowering plants, you can choose to plant shrubs that have attractive leaves.
Whether you suffer from spring allergies, hay fever, or asthma or have a family member who is affected by this, spring can become a season to dread instead of being enjoyable. While there are many new treatments for spring allergies, it is much better to also take precautions to keep out the allergens from your home. This will make it much easier for the entire family as even one person suffering from spring fever can disrupt family schedules, increase medical expenses, and generally cast a pall on the activities of the entire family.
Since spring allergies are caused by pollen, dust, and mold spores in the air, you can minimize the risk of a full blown allergic reaction by reducing the presence of these triggers at home. This requires some planning and active measures such as cleaning vents, keeping windows closed, and ensuring that very little dirt is tracked into the house.
Implementing a strict policy of using different footwear for the outdoors and indoors (this is what they do in Korea, for example – but for other reasons as well) and making sure that even those family members who do not suffer from allergies brush the dust and pollen from themselves and their clothes before entering your home can go a long way in reducing the frequency and severity of the allergic reactions and attacks. This is the best way of ensuring the long term health and quality of life of those suffering from spring allergies.
The best way of making sure the entire family finds spring enjoyable is to ensure that those who suffer from spring allergies are protected from the allergens at least at home. While you need to take immediate steps to help control the allergic reactions once they set in, a far better way of dealing with the issue is to ensure that the allergens do not enter your home at all. This can be a challenge until you examine the allergens that need to be kept out and their manner of entering your home. When you are aware of both these factors, you can take adequate steps to ensure that they are kept outside your home, making it a safe place even of those family members with severe allergic reactions.