If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re far from alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies! There are many factors that can cause someone to suffer from allergies. An allergy is basically your immune system reacting to a trigger, and triggers can be environmental, such as mold or pollen or foods such as peanuts or eggs.
Allergies may sound like a simple, minor health issue, but that is not always the case and should always be assessed by a physician. Over time, allergies can lead to health complications that you may not think look or feel like allergies. These symptoms can include fatigue, muscle aches, sleep issues, and bodywide inflammation. While seasonal allergies are unavoidable for most individuals, there are a few things you can do at home to prevent allergies from worsening and lower exposure to environmental factors.
Home habits that can help to prevent allergies:
- Always remove your shoes at the door to avoid wearing them in the house. Wearing your shoes around your home can track pollen indoors. If you have carpet, this is especially important.
- Shower before bed or before resting on furniture after being outside. This will wash away pollen and other irritants and prevent them from getting on your upholstery.
- Buy a HEPA-filter air cleaner. Air filters throughout your home or in your bedroom can help individuals with allergies significantly.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and make sure you vacuum frequently during allergy season.
- Try to avoid synthetic cleaners when dusting. They can be irritants. Try dusting with a microfiber cloth in order to prevent particles from spreading across the room.
- Seal cracks in your house to prevent excess pollen and dust from entering.
- Change your air conditioner filters frequently.
Making these changes around your home can decrease the severity of your seasonal allergies, but be sure to visit your physician, as well. The Torres Center treats seasonal allergies for adults and children. Make an appointment today!