This winter is ending early in many regions across the US. It is only February, and the southeastern states are already seeing temperatures into the 60s and 70s. In no-time, a green, powdery film will make its home on vehicles and driveways in many areas of the United States.
While many are anxiously awaiting the return of outdoor weather, a percentage of people are already dreading what’s in store for them, allergy symptoms. Many factors affect the severity of the allergy season. Unfortunately, many are beyond our control. There are, however, precautions we can take to ease and inhibit allergy symptoms.
February is the ideal time to perform deep cleaning tasks around the home. Once pollen becomes visible outside the home, there is a good chance it has been tracked inside. Vacuum filters should be replaced and kept clean throughout the season. Hepa and micron filters are most effective at ensnaring pollen and dust particles. AC intake filter replacement and routine service will ensure less circulation of pollen and dander in the home. Areas prone to moisture should be inspected for mold and treated as necessary. Regular pet grooming along with frequent bedding changes reduce the spread of irritants from our furry friends.
Listen to the Weather or Get an App
Fortunately, winter has been unusually cold this year in areas with high pollen counts. According to Weather.com, a mild winter can mean an early start to allergy season. Despite this, allergy sufferers should keep track of weather patterns and pollen indicators. Planning outdoor activities in the evening or after several days of rain decrease exposure to airborne allergens. Evening hours are also recommended due to lower pollen counts.
Consult a Professional Before the Season Starts
Doctor and specialist visits are most effective in January to ensure correct medications and refill amounts are available throughout the season. Some allergy sufferers say they have seen good results through the use of holistic and alternative medical techniques such as acupuncture, nasal irrigation, and nutritional supplements. Specialists can also perform testing services to determine which substances cause the most sensitivity.
With planning and prevention, allergy symptoms can be kept from reeking havoc on one of the most enjoyable seasons of the year. These steps are designed to keep allergy sufferers outside, enjoying the beauty of Spring longer.