Spring is Going to Be Here on March 20
Winter is over, and spring is here—pack away the boots and hot cocoa and get out the flip flops and beer! For most people, spring is a time of renewal, vitality, and excitement for the coming year.
But for others, people who suffer from seasonal allergies, springtime is a double-edged sword that brings both warm weather and coughing, and colorful flowers and endless sneezing.
And if that sounds like you, then today’s topic is just for you, because you’re going to find out all about seasonal allergies, keeping your home free of allergens, and minimizing your symptoms this year.
Seasonal Allergies and You
If you have allergies, then your body overreacts to harmless substances (like pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses, or spores from mold) the way an overprotective mama bear reacts to humans encroaching on her den.
Even though the pollen doesn’t mean your body harm, your immune system still goes into overdrive trying to get rid of the offending substance.
And to get the pollen out, your body forces you to cough and sneeze, and your eyes and nose to water and itch. There are lots of ways that allergens can get into your house, and while you may not be able to stop allergens outside, you can control them inside.
Allergens that come in on you: Pollen and other allergens are sticky, so when you walk around outside on a high pollen day, you get pollen stuck in your hair, on your skin, and on your clothes. When you go inside, you bring those allergens with you, and this can lead to an allergy attack inside. To prevent this from happening, wash your clothes and have a shower as soon as you come in from being outside, especially if it was a high pollen day, or if you were working in the garden.
Allergens that come in on your pets: Your pet’s fur is like a magnet for pollen just like your hair is. So when Rover and Tigger spend the day roaming outside and collecting allergens on their fur, they track those allergens inside with them at the end of the day.
Again, this will create an allergen-ridden house, and lead to attacks inside. To prevent this, brush your pets outside daily, and give them weekly baths to remove pollen, spores, and pet allergens like dander and saliva.
Allergens that fly in: As if pollen stowing into your house covertly on you or your pet wasn’t bad enough, allergens can just fly into your house unannounced on a warm spring breeze—if your doors and windows are open, that is. The simple fix is to keep your house sealed up during the worst of allergy season, and that means installing filters on your air conditioner as well.
When allergens do get in: The best way to remove allergens that do get in is with regular dusting, vacuuming, and washing, and with air filters and purifiers.
If you don’t have filters and purifiers set up in your house already, call Comfort Air Engineering of San Antonio, TX today to get some installed. Give us a shout today at 210-494-1691 to book an appointment!
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