How To Avoid Autumn Allergies
Unfortunately, today about 25 % of the population is affected by autumn allergy. The most common allergen is ragweed, which blooms from mid-August almost till the beginning of October.
The second most common autumn allergen is mold, which is actively propagates in the offseason. Mold can spread in dark and damp areas as well as on the street, right in a pile of autumn leaves.
The third autumn allergen is dust mite. Its activity peak is also known to be in the autumn.
All these autumn allergens can significantly undermine the well-being and overall health of a person suffering from an allergy, so if you are sensitive to allergens, make sure to get prepared for them in advance.
How to prepare your home for the fall allergy
Before you try to hide from the allergens at home, you should make sure that it meets the following requirements:
- Indoor humidity should be between 35 and 50%. This humidity is considered ideal for the normal state of health. Measuring the humidity in the room is possible with a help of special device called hydrometer. And if the humidity in the room is too low, you may adjust it using a humidifier.
- Timely replacement of air filters is also very important. The filter contains large amount of allergens, which enter the room with airflow and may reach respiratory tract.
- Daily perform wet cleaning and surface dusting in order to prevent dust mites and get rid of pollen.
- Remove carpets and things that can gather dust and mites. Carpets should be avoided in bedroom in particular.
- Frequently change the bedclothes. Make sure to do it at least once a week. Before using the bedding, simply iron it with a hot iron to get rid of mites and their metabolic products.
- Ventilate the room at least twice a day for 15-20 minutes, especially before the bedtime.
- Identify the places that can be breeding areas for mold. Pay special attention to the bathroom, kitchen and toilet. Destroy mold using special tools and then thoroughly wash the room and ventilate it.
How to avoid fall allergies
In addition to preparing your home, you need to follow some steps to help reduce the chance of allergies in the fall:
- Regularly take a bath with sea salt, which is an excellent prevention for allergic reactions.
- Try to avoid contact with allergens. Here is what you should always remember:
- If you are allergic to tree pollen, make sure to exclude from your diet such products as apples, pears, nuts, plum brandy and carrots.
- If you are allergic to ragweed pollen, avoid eating watermelons, cantaloupes, sunflower oil, mayonnaise, seeds and cereals other than buckwheat.
- Try to organize your day and find some time for daily walks in the fresh air.
- Exercise regularly and practice breathing exercises.