March 28, 2012
7 Simple Tips to Help Spring Allergies
Spring allergies are no stranger to East Tennessee. In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announced its 2012 Spring Allergy Capitals rankings with Knoxville, Tennessee, topping the list at #1. Although there are only so many things you can do to limit pollen exposure, these simple tips are sure to make a difference in your allergy symptoms.
- Take your air conditioner off recirculate – Contrary to some beliefs, putting your air conditioner on recirculate just keeps the pollen that’s already in your home trapped and floating around for days. When the weather gets warm, most of us leave our doors and windows open. Doing this however let’s more pollen and mold into your home.
- Vacuum once or twice a week – Vacuuming helps keep indoor allergens to a minimum. If you suffer from allergens, wear a dust mask when cleaning. If you have a vacuum filter, make sure that it is clean and replaced as necessary.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses – Pollen irritates your body by coming in through your eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Sunglasses will limit your eyes exposure to pollen. Keep in mind that wind can carry pollen as far as 700 miles, so tips like wearing a hat and sunglasses can keep you from bringing a lot of pollen inside your home.
- Wash your Face and Hands – Pollen spores are small, but if you are outside the pores on your skin are there, whether you can see them or not. That’s why washing your face and hands when coming inside are so important. It keeps pollen from transferring from your hands and face into your eyes and mouth. Not to mention washing your hands is great for sanitary reasons!
- Take a shower before bed – If you’re a woman, your hair is your main pollen holder. Even for men, your hair can catch more pollen that you would like to know. This is an easy way to track unwanted pollen in to your house and bed.
- Pets need baths too – Your pet is outside in the dirt and grime more than anyone in your home. This means your small innocent pooch is carrying in pollen, dirt and mold into your home, bed, couch and anywhere they touch. It’s never been so important to give your pet a bath as it is in the spring!
- Plan your activities later in the day – Trees tend to pollinate first thing in the morning making pollen counts in the early hours very high. It may be more of a benefit to wait until noon, or evening hours for outdoor activities when pollen counts are less than half the amount as the morning.
If you suffer from severe allergy symptoms, speak with your doctor. If you need a doctor, let us help you make an appointment.