Spring is the time for the highest pollen levels, when plants, grasses and trees are flowering, particularly in the early mornings. Those who suffer from seasonal pollen allergies find this season to be the most challenging. Warm, dry, and windy weather and climates with little or no rain have high pollen levels.
Inhaling pollen can cause allergy symptoms such as:
- Sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion
- Watery eyes
- Itchy and sore throat
- Cough and hoarse voice
The symptoms are much like catching the cold although these allergy symptoms happen only when the pollen-making plants and trees start to bloom. Hence, it is better to avoid outdoor activities as much as you can. And if you do need to be outside, here are some helpful tips:
How Pollen Increase Allergies
Track your Local Pollen Count
According to pollen.com, a pollen count is the measurement of the number of grains of pollen in a cubic meter of air.
As the pollen number increases, people with allergies will have an increase in their allergic reaction. Pollen counts are measured from low, meaning they affect few individuals, to high, meaning symptoms affect most allergy sufferers.
Laundry Sheets Frequently
Send your bed sheets to laundry at least once a week. Using the same bed sheets for as long as 10 to 15 days can accumulate heavy amounts of dust and pollens which can lead to allergy symptoms.
Wash your bed sheets, blankets, pillowcases and fabric curtains properly in hot water to get rid of germs. Besides, vacuum your carpet at least once a week.
Shower Before Bedtime
Through the day your body, hair and clothes accumulate germs, dust and pollen that can cause uneasiness. Make it a regular habit to shower before bedtime during the pollen season.
Take a hot shower before bedtime and slip into fresh clothes and retire for the day. A hot shower will bring you relief if you are suffering from nasal blockage.
Avoid Pets Getting on to Your Bed
Your pets hopping on to your bed for a snuggle or a cuddle is fun but during the pollen season it is advisable to keep your pets away from your bed as cat and dog fur are carriers of dirt, dust, pollen and allergens.
Replace Worn out Mattresses
Worn out mattresses accumulate greater amounts of skin cells, germs and dust as they age. Replace old and worn out mattresses if you have a tendency of developing allergy symptoms.
Replace your pillows every six months or at least once in a year. Mattresses are usually long lasting. Keep your mattress clean and if needed replace your worn out mattress with a fresh, new one.
Avoid Alcohol Before Bedtime
Consumption of alcohol before bedtime not only impacts sleep, it can also aggravate the symptoms of sneezing and coughing. Do not consume alcohol before bedtime till the pollen season is over.
Keep the Air Clean Inside your Home with AirTamer
Pet hair, dander, dust inside home can contribute to pollen allergies. A good quality air purifier goes a long way in preventing and protecting you from pollen allergy and consequent sleep deprivation.
The AirTamer A310 air purifier emits a constant stream of healthy negative ions that remove dirt, pollens, viruses away from breathing space and improve the quality of air you breathe in.
At bedtime, you can place the AirTamer A310 air purifier on your nightstand so the air around your pillow is clean and you can sleep peacefully without the trouble of sneezing and coughing.
The AirTamer A310 is silent in operation and does not disturb your sleep. It is extremely energy efficient and provides 150+ hours of run time on one charge.
Follow these above mentioned tips to ease your allergy symptoms and experience better sleep.