It’s getting to that time of the year again wherein pollen from plants tend to spread more within the environment. The trees and grasses in your region are the commonest causes of this fever as they may start or worsen the signs/symptoms. The seasonal allergy usually exists in early spring or late summer or winter. You can have hay fever lasting for up to several weeks as long as you remain exposed to the allergens. When these environmental allergies such as pollen, dust mites, moulds, and animal hair contact your nose/eyes, they cause you to have a runny nose and watery eyes. However, there are often certain ways to proactively deal with the coming hay fever season.
Cleansing your nose: one of the simplest ways to prepare for hay fever symptoms is curbing with a “nasal irrigation” process.
- You can start by getting a saline solution and a squeeze bottle where you’ll transfer the solution into.
- Over a sink (tilting your head 45 degrees, allowing one nostril to point downwards), place the tip of the squeeze bottle inside your nose.
- Pour some of the solution into your nostril and leave your mouth open for breathing.
- Blow out the remaining solution afterwards and repeat for the other nostril. This helps wash out mucus and allergens.
Allergy-free gardening: You can still enjoy most of the benefits of plants around your home by using certain gardening methods. Inspect your yard for high-pollen plants to be removed or kept further away at the very least. This reduces the chances of allowing pollens into your home. When you want to engage in other gardening activities try working more in the evenings – pollen counts are higher between morning and midday.
Control animal/pet dander: If you own pets or animals, there are measures you can take to reduce the allergens they might bring. For one, you must bathe your pet weekly in order to minimise the level of allergy-causing dander. It is also advisable that you limit the areas where your pets access, especially your bedroom. If you must pet an animal, ensure that you wash your hands with soap and water after. Remember that dust and pollen in an animal’s coat are what causes the hay fever allergy.
Equipping a dehumidifier: If you often get hay fever symptoms during colder seasons, you should consider getting a dehumidifier to assist in alleviating the symptoms. A dehumidifier takes moisture out of the air and protects your house from mould and dust mites. It is also useful in quickly clearing up allergy mucous secretions. Generally, you should inspect that your home’s humidity doesn’t go below 35% as the allergens may flare more under such a condition. Equip a humidifier that filters the air while killing bacteria upon contact.
Keeping track of pollen count: Thanks to modern technology and the Internet, you can conveniently keep track of pollen during hay fever periods. Having a device or means of tracking pollen count is certainly a smart way to prepare for the allergic season. One of the easiest methods to monitor pollen count is via mobile apps. Many pollen count investigation platforms enable you to check your surrounding by providing accurate forecasts all through the seasons.