For better allergy control, the two most important things to remember are to limit exposure to allergens, and to get rid of pollen as soon as possible when coming back from outside.
Pollen Allergy – Stay Away From the Source
Keep pollen out of the home by closing the windows and turning on the air-conditioning or air purifier. Do not use window fans as they bring polluted outside air in.
Do not keep plants and flowers – whether fresh or dried – indoors.
Avoid wearing the outdoor clothes in the house as pollen sticks to them. Wash the clothes after wearing them outside.
Wear sunglasses when going outside. The bigger sunglasses the better so that they can protect the eyes and provide a physical barrier against pollen.
Do not rake leaves as it sends pollen, dust and other irritants up in the air.
Use allergy-friendly cleaners, vacuum cleaners and cleaning products.
Wear a mask that filters out pollen, dust and mold when going outside. Disposable, light and thin masks for allergy sufferers are available in pharmacies and major health stores.
After coming back from outside, take a shower and wash hair to get rid of the pollen.
The pollen count is high in the morning and late afternoons especially on warm and windy sunny days. If the symptoms are severe, stay indoors during those times. Do outdoor activities such as gardening or going shopping in the mid-afternoon.
Before driving, roll up the car windows and turn on the AC to clear the air inside.
Pets can carry pollen on their fur. People who are not allergic to pets could be allergic to the pollen on their fur. During allergy season, brush their fur outdoors, bathe them regularly and keep them away from the bedrooms.
Vacation Options for Hay Fever Sufferers
The best place for allergy sufferers is the beach as shore areas have normally very low pollen counts. A trip to the mountains is also good as there are few flowering plants at altitudes over five thousand feet above sea level. A city vacation is recommended rather than going to the countryside but it is impossible to avoid pollen completely as there are parks and street trees in most cities.
Stress is Bad for Seasonal Allergies
According to Dr Earl Mindell, author of Allergy Bible, stress, both physical and emotional, makes allergy symptoms more severe. Try to get enough sleep as “a tired body is more likely to succumb to immune problems and more likely to pick up viral or bacterial infections which can aggravate allergies.”
Allergy Solution – Moving Away?
Some people try moving to a low pollen count area. Dr Mindell says this wouldn’t solve the problem as people who are prone to plant allergies will eventually develop new allergies when they are exposed to new plants, and also the very plant the person is escaping could pop up in any part of the country as the population becomes more mobile.