About 55 percent of all U.S. citizens suffer from allergies. Not all allergens are seasonal. Millions of Americans suffer from year-round allergens like dust mites, pet dander and mold, which can cause as much trouble for some as weeds do for others.
Pollen is the dust like reproductive part of plants. It can easily be inhaled, and if you are one of 36 million Americans, this will
cause allergic reactions. Here are some tips to help:
1. Avoid Early Ventures Outside
Avoid going outside between 5-10am. This is when the pollen count is the highest. The best times to go out are in the late afternoon and immediately after rain.
2. Check Pollen Count Daily
Pollen counts measure the quantity of airborne allergens present in the air. They are measured as grains per cubic meter of air. You can find this information from universities, medical centers and clinics online.
3. Turn Off the Water Cooler
You may need to rough it and keep that water cooler off during the pollen season. These coolers can irritate allergy symptoms by dragging more pollen inside.
4. Purchase Local Honey
This may help to desensitize you against the pollens in your neighborhood. A lot of allergy sufferers claim eating local un-pasteurized honey has relieved their symptoms.
5. Know and Identify Plants
You may look at a colorful field of flowers and think it’s filled with pollen. The bright colors are there to attract insects, which carry the heavy pollen from plant to plant. The plants that aren’t colorful spread pollen.
Dust mites are the second biggest allergy cause out there. When dust mites grow, they shed their skin. This is what causes allergic reactions in people. Symptoms range from itchy noses and eyes to severe asthma attacks.
6. Wash Your Bedding
Bedding should be washed in water at least 130F to kill dust mites. Do this at least once a week. You can use special laundry additive that kills dust mites. You can find a list of these special additives online.
7. Keep the Indoor Humidity Down
Dust mites cannot survive below 50% humidity. They thrive at 75%-80%. Keep your home dry and avoid humidifiers in the bedrooms. If a sickness requires a humidifier, you can get the same result with a steamy shower.
8. Children Should Sleep With a Washable Stuffed Animal
Let your child sleep with a washable stuffed animal if the child has allergies.
You can regularly get rid dust mites with the wash. If your child has a non-washable bed-time sleepover, put it in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any dust mites.
9. Replace Old Mattresses
Depending on the age of your mattress, it can contain between 1 and 10 million dust mites. There’s really no way to get rid of them. The best solution is to toss that old mattress and start over with a new one.
10. Protect Your Bedding
It’s a good idea to encase your bedding in an allergy-proof, dust mite proof enclosing. Look online for Allergy Bedding Covers: