Don’t Let Summer Allergies Stop You From Enjoying the Outdoors!

42-15530364Do you avoid activity, play, pets and everything else under the sun in an effort to keep your allergies under control?  This week we will be discussing simple ways to help you keep your allergies at bay and allow you to enjoy the fresh air.

Stay away from small flowers that do not have a lot of color. These flowers are the ones that tend to bother allergies. Larger, brighter flowers, such as the ones that bees and hummingbirds are attracted to, tend to be non-allergenic, so you should be okay around these kinds of flowers.

Clean your bed sheets on a weekly basis. This is important because many of the airborne allergies can harvest in your bed.

You need to be aware of the pollen count outdoors. Oftentimes, the local newspaper or weather report will have this information, or you can look online for the daily mold levels and pollen count. If either is too high, you need to plan on being indoors on those days.

Clean your carpets on a regular basis. This is critical because allergy-causing things, such as, dust mites will live in your rug and multiply unless you clean your carpet on a regular basis. Weekly vacuuming combined with bi-yearly steam cleaning should be enough.

Try to keep the dirty clothes from your bedroom. Many people do not think of this, but many of the allergens can be picked up when you were outside. Put the clothes hamper in a different room, so it is not close to your bed to aggravate your symptoms.

Avoid doing any yard work.  Mowing the lawn is a surefire way to stir up mold and pollen, so it should be avoided as much as possible during allergy season. You should also avoid raking any leaves because that will stir up allergens, as well.

Use hypo-allergenic cases for your pillows. This will help keep dust mites from aggravating your allergies while you sleep. These cases seal the mites out of your pillow, yet remove easily for washing. Dust mites are a major cause of indoor allergies, so this simple step can save you a lot of suffering.

Even though you may feel nothing can get rid of your allergy symptoms, find some relief by using the above information. If you are looking for more information on how to feel better this summer, be sure to contact me and let’s discuss a new health plan.