During the late spring and summer seasons, many people can experience an increase in allergy symptoms, for those with regular allergy problems this tends to be the worst season for flare ups. This is due to the increase of pollen in the air. It is nearly impossible to escape air-born allergies, but you can limit your exposure to allergies with a few simple tips.
Avoid high pollen count
The pollen count and other allergens are highest during days that are dry, breezy, or just really warm. Limit outdoor activity to early mornings, evenings, and windless days. Stay indoors when possible with windows closed, especially on windy days.
Run the air conditioner and use a HEPA filter
Avoid the urge to “air out” the house. Keep your windows and doors closed when your allergies are bothering you. Use the air conditioner to keep the temperature cool. Invest in a high-efficiency particulate accumulator filter, known as a HEPA filter, that will remove most of the pollen from the air. In addition, portable devices that can be used in individual rooms are especially helpful in reducing animal allergens. McCalls offers regular air conditioning service plans that includes regular inspection of filters and systems. You can read about our air conditioner service plans here.
Use and maintain the air conditioner in your car
While driving with the windows or top down can be appealing for warmer months, it is a sure way to induce allergy symptoms. When out during the day avoid having the windows down while in the car. Run the air conditioner and use the “re-circulate” setting. Make sure you have the car serviced regularly to remove any mold or dust that may form in the system.
Get some relief with nasal spray
To help with the relief of allergies, keep nasal spray with you. Cleanse your nose out periodically. Many sprays are available over the counter at local stores. Allergy medications are also available for those that tend to suffer daily with severe allergies. Decongestants and antihistamines can relieve symptoms but consult a doctor before use.
Dealing with Indoor allergens
Keep indoor allergens at a minimum and keep your home comfortable. Besides running the air conditioning, take a few more steps. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. If there are pets in the house, keep them well groomed. Avoid irritants such as chemicals that can worsen airborne allergy symptoms during flare-ups. These include insect sprays, tobacco smoke, air pollution, and fresh paint.