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Enjoy Spring…Reduce Allergens!

May 24, 2013

how-to-garden-with-seasonal-allergiesGot allergies?

So do I, and so do my three children.  The problem is, we love springtime and we love being outdoors.  Since staying inside with the windows closed during spring’s allergy season is not an option for my active family, I had to find other ways to keep us allergen free.  Here are a few:

Because pollen “slows down” towards the afternoon hours, going outside from 2:00 pm on is safer for us allergy sufferers.  Pollen releases from grass in the morning.  As the day starts getting warmer, pollen starts to rise into the air, high enough where there is no contact with it.

After it rains, pollen gets cleared from the air, which makes it a perfect time for my family to enjoy the outdoor air without sneezing!

While we are outside, I like to turn the air conditioner on inside to lessen the pollen amount floating around my indoor air.  An air conditioner is great because it filters out the bad air in my home.

Taking a soothing warm shower always helps with allergies and sinus problems.  The moist and humid air helps to clear nasal passages which helps you breathe easier.

Sometimes pollen can aggravate people who have a hard time tolerating dairy products.  Their immune system goes into overdrive which makes them respond worse to less harmful things.  Cutting down on dairy products for a couple of weeks may help.

Most of us know by now that if you suffer from allergies, you should try and wash your bedding at least once a week in hot water to kill off dust mites.  But what about your pillow?  Did you know that if you freeze your pillow every 1 to 2 weeks, it can also kill dust mites?  Just place your favorite pillow in the freezer for about 12 hours at a time.  Doing this on a routine basis can actually keep dust mites from ever coming back!

Don’t forget to breathe through your nose and not your mouth!  The nose filters all the air going into your body which can help keep allergens out!



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