Seasonal allergy time is here – ugh. If you’re experiencing the familiar sting of itchy eyes, scratchy throat, or bouts of sneezing with the onset of the season’s bloom, check out these best practices for reducing exposure to allergens like pollen from grasses and trees when you’re home.
1. Shower and wash your hair before bed
Your skin and hair can act like a pollen magnet, picking up particles throughout the day and depositing it on your pillowcase and increasing your exposure. A quick rinse before you jump into your jammies will help reduce your exposure.
2. Change or clean bed linens at least once a week
What the shower doesn’t eliminate, the washer will.
3. Vacuum carpets regularly
Not only will your carpets be cleaner, you’ll have less pollen, dander, dust, and other irritants trapped in carpet fibers.
4. Dust and mop, wipe down hard surfaces
Don’t let allergens accumulate on hard horizontal surfaces. Dust and mop hardwood, tiled, and other hard surface flooring, and make other flat surfaces like counters, shelves, and tabletops get a good wipe-down too.
5. Make it a “No shoes in the house” kind of house
Take the extra step of removing your shoes before entering the house domicile to prevent pollen from getting tracked in.
6. Remove textiles from the bedroom
Consider removing textiles like drapery, area rugs, carpeting or cloth window shades in the bedroom as these can trap accumulations of pollen and other allergens.
7. Keep windows closed, run the AC, and change the filter
That fresh breeze from the open window is also delivering unwanted pollen, so shut the windows if you’re suffering. Running the AC will help clean your air, so long as you’re changing the system air filter as recommended.
If you’re still suffering from allergies after taking these reduction measures, consider scheduling an appointment with your primary care provider. Along with over-the-counter or prescription medications treatment options, they may also recommend allergy testing, or other courses of treatment with the help of an allergy specialist.