It’s that time of year again! Itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat, congestion and sinus pain – is it cold and flu season? Nope. It’s springtime. And spring means pollination and spring cleaning. And that means allergies. If you’re one of the more than 50 million people in the United States alone who suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re filled with dread at the sound of, “April showers bring May flowers!” So is it just something we’re all doomed to deal with? No way! Here are a few tips from the experts to help reduce some of your symptoms.
This may seem obvious, but it’s likely you don’t realize just how far pollen can travel. It’s a sticky substance so that means if you’ve been outside it’s now on your clothes and in your hair. It will also piggyback in on your purse or backpack, on the other people living in your home, and your pets.
Change Your Filters
With spring comes warmer weather, too, so be sure to change the filter before turning on your air conditioning. These filters are specifically designed to catch microscopic particles like dust, pet dander and pollen, but it certainly can’t do its job if you don’t! So be sure to change that filter as soon and spring hits, and as often as needed after that.
Clean Your Ducts
There’s a rumor going around that air duct cleaning is just a new-fangled fad. So, by all means, grab a flashlight, or use your selfie stick to look around in there. If you can see a build up of insects (or bigger vermin!) and thick dust, then it’s basically guaranteed that it gets worse from there. Go ahead and let the professionals handle it for you – your lungs and sinuses will thank you.
Watch for Mold
Mold can grow in dark basements, damp and humid bathrooms, and even old food like bread or cheese. All of these molds release tiny particles into your air which can seriously irritate your allergies. Be sure to keep an eye out for any suspicious mold related occurrences, and remove it as soon as possible. This may also be an area to contact the professionals. Food mold can easily be removed, but some other types of mold are more difficult to deal with. At the least, you’ll want to have a professional inspect the area so you can make an informed decision.
As if allergies weren’t enough of a burden, right? But truly, if you really have the want and need to control the issue, just integrate these few things into your spring cleaning routine (or more often!) and you’ll fly through it in a breeze – a pollen-free breeze!