The sun has begun to show its warm face as we are nearing the end of winter. But rising temperatures come with an unpleasant effect causing pollens, a.k.a dust particles containing vegetative reproductive cells, to fly around in the air. Due to their light and dry texture, pollens easily float up in the air. And this time of the year is a nightmare for many suffering from pollen allergy otherwise known as spring allergy. Spring allergy causes symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, wheezing in chest, headaches, weakness, sneezing and post-nasal drip. So what should you do to avoid this spring allergy? Here are some measures you can take to protect yourself from spring allergy...
What are the symptoms of pollen allergy?
Let’s first look at the symptoms of pollen allergy before we proceed with the prevention methods. People suffering from pollen allergy show symptoms such as nasal flow, itching, nasal blockage, sneezing, swelling and itching of the eyes, asthma, exhaustion, weakness, decline in learning abilities and concentration. Many of these symptoms can be apparent to others. These symptoms are some kind of a reaction to pollens by our immune system.
How to protect against spring allergy and pollen allergy
There are many things that people with spring allergy should watch out for. Here are some measures you can take to protect against spring allergy...
Daily Hygiene: In spring months, you should clean your house furniture and floors everyday with a wet cloth. This way you can get rid of the pollens you may have inside your house. But make sure that you wear a mask when doing the cleaning.
When to Go Out: The hours you choose to go out are very important if you are allergic to pollens. You shouldn’t be out in morning and afternoon hours when an intense amount of pollens fly around in the air. Plus, you should also keep your windows closed during these hours. Pollens will heavily strike especially from 5:00 to 10:00 in the morning. And during such hours of heavy pollen concentration you should refrain from garden work and outdoor exercises. In case you have to go out then make sure that you take a shower and wash your clothes when back home. This should prevent pollens from entering your house.
Car: Your house isn’t the only place affected by pollens. Pollens can also enter your car. So keep your car windows closed when there are loads of pollens floating up in the air. And if possible use a pollen filter in your car.
Rain: Rain cleans down pollens. This means you are okay to go out when it rains. Plus, rainy days are just the right time to ventilate your house.
Tea & Honey: Herbal teas and honeys can contain pollen residues. So if you are allergic to pollens then you should try to stay away from consuming herbal tea or honey.
Medical Check: It is very important that those with pollen allergy see a doctor to undergo an allergy test. Your doctor may also prescribe you allergy medication to alleviate your symptoms.
Clothes: You should not wear your outside clothes inside. You should always wash your outside clothes.
Other Important Precautions: Wash your outside glasses with plenty of water, drink plenty of water, stay away from alcohol and cigarettes, and eat food rich in vitamins.
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