Most allergies are triggered by a combination of triggers. And since tree, grass, and weed pollen can go airborne from January through November in some places, relief can seem almost impossible. Here are 3 non-invasive solutions that will help you enjoy life despite the pollen in the air.
Depending on the climate where you live, airborne pollen can appear as early as January and continue through the first frost in November. Here are 3 of the most effective ways to enjoy life despite in spite of it.
Avoidance—With all of our technological advances, allergists still agree that the best way to manage allergies is to avoid the trigger. You may be shaking your head and wondering just how that’s possible without locking yourself in a glass bubble for the rest of your life.
Well, the good news is that it can be done. Parking your car in a covered space at home and at work will lessen the amount that you come in contact with when coming and going from your car. Try to find covered shelter when shopping at malls when possible too. Once you make this a goal, you’ll be surprised at how many options you start to see that have been available to you all the time.
There are also certain times of day when the pollen level is higher than others. Avoid being outside when that is true. Leave the mowing and yard chores to someone else at the peak of the season.
Choose indoor activities on dry windy days. This will lessen the amount that is able to come indoors with you on clothes, hair, and packages. Instead choose outside time after a heavy rain, as the water is effective at literally clearing the air, at least for a while.
Reduce The Numbers—Even with all of the precautions suggested here, there is no way to keep all of these tiny grains for getting into indoor air. You can remove clothing and place them in the laundry immediately to decrease the amount that comes inside. You can also take a shower to wash it off your skin and hair. And while these are effective, your schedule will not always allow you to do this.
One of the best ways to minimize these triggers as well as more normal indoor allergens is to filter the air continually. Being able to keep the levels of allergens low is an effective, proactive, yet non-invasive way to minimize the problem.
The best part about filtration is that since most people with allergies are allergic to a combination of things, filtering the air can also remove dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, pet dander, and a host of other particles and gaseous triggers.
Once you start filtering the air, it takes very little of your time on a daily basis, and with the right air purifier, can be cost effective. Filtering the air can solve help reduce the problem and lessen the need to medicate the symptoms once they occur.
HEPA (high efficiency particle arresting) filters can take out any particulate that is .3 microns or greater, with a micron being defined as one millionth of a meter. This means that tree, grass, or weed pollens can be drastically reduced in your indoor air.
Know What’s Happening—Knowing what the pollen levels are in your area and the weather conditions that will affect you is crucial in reducing your exposure. Fortunately, you can access local weather from your phone, laptop, TV, and newspapers.
Get in the habit of finding out what’s going on outside before you make plans. Set up alerts so that you get a text when conditions change, or set up a reminder to check on conditions several times a day during peak seasons.
And even though conditions may change, knowing about the changes gives you the most control over how you choose to deal with it. It’s true that knowledge is power, but in this case knowledge will also spell relief.