As the season transitions from winter to spring, the pollen count in the air increases. Similarly, if you move on to summer, mold spores grow high in number. As a result, many people develop seasonal allergies to plant pollens and mold spores, resulting in coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and other symptoms of the same kind. That said, the question arises: “What to do for seasonal allergies?”
To answer, the article will cover the measures to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies. On top of that, you will also know how an air purifier can help relieve irritation due to allergies.
What Are Seasonal Allergies?
First things first, seasonal allergies are the allergic reactions of our immune system towards certain airborne particles.
More often than not, the particles, including pet dander, mold spores, and pollen, do not cause any harm to the human body. However, the immune system of some human beings takes these airborne particles as disease-causing agents. As a result, the body of those individuals develops a hypersensitive reaction to these allergens.
That said, whenever the season changes, you develop the symptoms of a particular seasonal allergy.
Additionally, you need to be extra cautious and use an air purifier that can improve the air quality in your room since no medicine is available to cure allergies.
What To Do For Seasonal Allergies?
To relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies, you need to take preventive measures. For example:
Remove Plants You Are Allergic To
Usually, poisonous weeds grow in your garden that release pollen or allergens.
Similarly, you should remove a plant from your lawn whose pollen causes you allergy, asthma, or related symptoms.
For example, a single plant produces millions of pollen, resulting in a high pollen count. For this reason, weed out all such plants to avoid the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
On the other hand, you may experience allergic symptoms even when the plants are not in your garden. For instance, some weeds grow and release pollen that travels a long distance. In such circumstances, an air purifier can help by passing the air in your room through a multistage purification system before you breathe in. As a result, no allergens will be able to enter your lungs, and your body will not develop allergic symptoms.
Take Preventive Measures
Apart from removing the plants from your home garden, you can also take other preventive steps for seasonal allergies. For example:
- Always wear a mask such as the AKGA KN95 Face Mask and Huuman 5-layer Cup Mask in that season so that there would be no chance of any mold spore, pollen, or pet danger getting into your respiratory system.
- Use HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing) air purifiers that trap more than 99% of allergens before entering your mouth or nose.
- Wear glasses or sunglasses to avoid the risk of eye infection resulting from seasonal allergies
- Regularly take a bath and wash your hair every day so that no particulate matter or pollen remains on your body after you take a walk in your home garden.
- Do not stay close to pets when you know you are allergic to pet dander.
- Ensure that your pet does not go to areas with a high pollen count. However, if you are unsure about it, give a bath to your pet to rinse off pollen.
Eat Healthy Foods
Ginger, citrus fruits and vegetables help alleviate the itching or inflammation. On top of it, healthy foods strengthen your immune system to assist your body in coping with allergic symptoms.
With that said, it’s the best practice to add fruits and vegetables to your meal plan to help your body fight against allergens.
Drink Plenty of Water and Other Fluids
Most allergens cause inflammation due to the excessive release of a chemical known as histamine.
On the other hand, histamine level increases in your body when you are dehydrated.
With this in mind, you should drink plenty of water, which lowers inflammation due to seasonal allergies.
Additionally, warm fluids and soups can help you fight against the symptoms.
Use Nasal Spray and Take Steam
Nasal sprays reduce inflammation in your nose to make you feel relieved for some time.
Today you can find many nasal sprays, such as those prescribed by a doctor and over-the-counter or non-medicated sprays. For example, the Xlear Natural Saline Nasal Spray with Xylitol is currently the best seller on Amazon. Moreover, I personally use the Flonase Sensimist Allergy Relief Nasal Spray which is also a good one.
Whenever you use them, your respiratory system feels at ease, and the symptoms of seasonal allergies will no longer be as severe as before.
Similarly, you could also rinse your nasal cavity with lukewarm water if you don’t want to use any nasal sprays.
Moreover, taking steam with a towel on your head clears your air passageways. For example, when hot water vapors reach your nasal area, itching or irritation in the eyes reduces, which stops your runny nose.
Air Purifiers to Help with Seasonal Allergies
Most preventive measures involve clearing your air passageway and removing the mucus in your nasal cavity after you have developed the symptoms of seasonal allergies. However, an air purifier goes a step forward and purifies the outside air before entering your nose or mouth. As a result, there will be little to no chance of developing allergy-like symptoms. For instance, some air purifiers include:
Germ Guardian AC5109W Air Purifier
With its 6 stage purification system, the air in your room passes through a pre-filter, HEPA filter, ozone-safe ionizer, and activated carbon filter to trap more than 99% of the particulate matter. Germ Guardian AC5109W Air Purifier equipped with an air quality monitor also detects and optimizes air quality in your room, thus capturing airborne particles/allergens.
Honeywell HPA200 HEPA Air Purifier
Best for 310 sq. feet rooms, Honeywell HPA200 HEPA Air Purifier cleans and freshens your room air by capturing seasonal allergens. Additionally, its 3 stage air cleaning system traps seasonal allergens, airborne particles, dust mite debris, smoke, etc.
To sum up, the answer to “What to do for seasonal allergies?” boils down to the type of allergy you have, such as the one due to pollen, pet dander, or dust particles. However, buying an air purifier according to your room’s space can help save you a lot of trouble when the season changes.
If you have any questions about what to do for seasonal allergies, let me know in the comments below. I will be more than happy to help you out. Thanks a lot.