Summertime should be fun; it’s all about spending time with the family and relishing in the great outdoors. For many of us, however, that simply isn’t likely. Summertime means allergy season, meaning discomfort and high stress levels, at the very least. If symptoms are harsh enough, our homes, which should be sanctuaries, feel like prisons, as we fear even the slightest exposure to the outdoors. In the worst-case scenarios, there is contamination in our very homes themselves, at which point there seems that there is absolutely no chance at relief. Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s simply a matter of preparedness, so here is a series of strategies for you to put into action.
Don’t Just Blame The Dog or Cat!
When it comes to allergies, many people are far too quick to place blame on the pet. If you or a family member is that allergic to the dog or cat, chances are there are other allergen sources in the home at play too. With a proper battle plan, you can find relief and keep the pet. Your first order of business should be to take the entire family to a specialist. Sure, that may seem expensive, but consider it an investment that will save you a great deal of money as you move forward with effective strategies.
Keep a Clean House
Sounds obvious, but many allergy sufferers suffer more than they have to because their house simply isn’t as clean as it should be. Remove all allergen sources from your home, including store-bought air fresheners, and replace them with plants. Then, add a portable HEPA air purifier to the mix, and then start cleaning regularly. Dust problem areas with a slightly damp cloth once a day, and vacuum at least once a week, but do it daily if you have the time. If you have a particularly dusty home, a HEPA vacuum cleaner can help ensure you’re not just rearranging contaminants.
Create a Sanctuary
A sanctuary or allergen-free room, in addition to the bedroom, is particularly important for pet owners with allergies, but it can also help non-pet owners. If you have that place where you can just get away and not suffer whenever you need it, it can make everything else more bearable. You want your bedroom this way too because you spend so many hours a day here, but you also want another room available so that you can avoid the cabin fever.
It’s All about Location
Pollen isn’t omnipresent. Do your best to avoid the peak hours. Perhaps do your gardening and other lawn work in the early morning, and walk the dog in the early evening. After a rain is a great time to be active outdoors because there’s very little pollen around. Pollen comes from the trees and the weeds, so if you do have to go out during the peak hours, do your best to avoid areas with dense foliage. If you need an allergen-free getaway, beaches are a great choice because there are so few allergens there.
The great thing about HEPA filtration is that it removes nearly 100% of all particulate matter, including pollen. Earlier we talked about having a sanctuary, but for many allergy sufferers, a HEPA air purifier turns the entire home into a sanctuary. In fact, many allergy and asthma sufferers experience a significant reduction in the severity of their symptoms. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, a HEPA air purifier is likely to be one of the best purchases you ever make.
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