After a season filled with clouds and rain, I believe most of us are excited for the warmer temperatures that the spring is bringing us. However, not everyone is enjoying the fresh air of spring, especially not those suffering from allergies. Sneezing, itching, and watery eyes shouldn’t be synonymous with spring.
Reports have been made that this could be one of the toughest allergy seasons that we’ve seen in years. A recent pollen count in Atlanta just last week (4/11) was 8,024 (anything over 1,500 is considered extremely high). Pollen is everywhere so it can be difficult to avoid. Below are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to pollen:
- Stay indoors as much as possible between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Use a HEPA filter on your furnace and air conditioner.
- Wipe pets down before they come indoors from being outside. Pollen can collect on their fur.
- Remove shoes before coming inside so you’re not trekking pollen off the bottom of your shoes.
- Do NOT line dry your clothes outside. Dry all clothes in the dryer.
- Wash bedding on a regular basis to remove pollen left on sheets.
- Shower before going to bed to remove the day’s pollen from your hair and skin.
- Vacuum, sweep, mop, and dust. Keeping floors and surfaces clear of allergens can help reduce the amount of pollen floating around your home. It is highly recommended that you wear a mask and gloves while cleaning.
- Treat allergy symptoms with over the counter allergy relief.
- Consult your Doctor. Your Doctor will be able to help you determine what exactly it is that you’re allergic to.