How to Reduce Allergy Symptoms This Year

Guide to Allergy Prevention

Guide to Allergy Prevention

When people picture what Canada looks like it usually evokes images of beautiful nature landscapes, from the Rocky Mountains, to the east coast sandy shores, and everything in between. However, what people don’t see are the allergy symptoms the great outdoors can cause nearly 1 quarter – or 8 Million – of its residents to suffer through.

While seasonal allergies aren’t as life threatening as some food allergies, they can still make the sufferer uncomfortable, tired, and downright miserable. And who really wants to go through that pain, or worse watch a loved one suffer, when there are many simple things to help prevent allergy symptoms.

There are many technical aspects, terminology, different situations, and variables when it comes to what allergies are and what they do to our bodies. Simply put: when you are allergic to pollen, dust, or mold your body tries to fight the usually harmless particle with an on slot of chemicals in attempts to remove the foreign matter from our bodies. This can cause the itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose we are all too familiar with.

While there are many prescribed and over-the-counter medications that are necessary to help alleviate allergy symptoms once the allergen has entered our body there are other preventative measures we can take. If our bodies react when certain particles are ingested one of the best ways to prevent allergy symptoms is to stop the allergen from entering into our eyes, nose, and mouth in the first place.

How to help prevent allergy symptoms inside:

  • Keep windows and doors closed when possible to prevent air born pollen particles from entering our homes.
  • Invest in a proven air purifier to help remove the air born particles from the air circulating in our homes. Some air purifiers use unreliable technology, like UV lights and harmful Ozone, which can cause more problems.
  • Wash bedding frequently to ensure you’re removing any pollen or allergens that have made their way there.

While seasonal allergies typically mean reactions to pollen particles from plants found outdoors there are other things inside the home that can cause similar allergy symptoms and flair ups. Many people have allergies to dust and dust mites. To help prevent allergy symptoms to these sources there are some simple things you can do:

  • Be careful and very selective when choosing a vacuum cleaner. If possible install a Beam central vacuum in your home due to their proven allergy symptom reduction capabilities.
  • If a central vacuum isn’t in the cards ensure you choose a vacuum with a sealed HEPA filtration system, like select Miele vacuums. When a vacuum isn’t fully sealed the unit can leak dust and particles back into the air, essentially spewing dirt out of the openings. Some vacuums claim that they have a HEPA filter, but if the machine doesn’t force the air to flow through the filter it isn’t going to do a good job in reducing the dust emissions.
  • Don’t forget to maintain your vacuum. HEPA filters are designed to trap the dust particles and will become clogged over time. This will reduce the performance of the vacuum, plus lower the amount of particles the filter is able to capture.
  • Take special care when cleaning your home, especially the bedroom. Spend extra time cleaning the areas we can’t see, which are the areas where dust tends to accumulate the most. For example under the bed, behind dresses, baseboards, crown molding, window treatments, and light fixtures (including fan blades) are a haven for dust and their allergy-laden particles.

As much as we wish to lock ourselves inside during allergy season that isn’t always an option. There are things we can do to help prevent allergy symptoms when you must go outside:

  • Use a Pollen / Allergy forecast to help you plan, or avoid, certain activities. The Weather Network has a comprehensive list of Canadian cities and daily pollen levels.
  • Wear sunglasses while outside to help prevent pollen from getting into your eyes. This can be helpful on windy days when the air borne particles can be floating around.
  • Remove and wash clothing that was worn outside when coming inside for the day. A fresh change of clothing will help prevent recirculating or breathing in any pollen attached to the fabric.
  • Wash your hands and face after being outside to help remove any pollen.
  • Use a saline solution, like HydraSense, to gently clear nasal passages. This will help remove built up mucus, which may contain pollen, and can be adding to breathing problems.

Not every allergy season, or allergy sufferer for that matter, is the same. What works well for one person may not work well for another. Due to the weather patterns your symptoms may be more sever, less sever, or start later or end earlier than usual. But with these simple tips, and the right products, we hope you can reduce your allergy symptoms this year.

Did you know:

Most trees can be divided into male and female varieties. Allergies can be triggered when there is not enough female tress around to collect the pollen from the male trees. If you or your neighbor has planted a male tree or shrub plant a female version nearby to help offset the pollen production.

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