Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A-choo... Allergy Season!!

It's that time of year again... allergy season. If you are out and about a lot of the day especially on the farm, this time of year can be super miserable. If you want to keep itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing and sinus headaches at bay. I don't usually suffer with hay fever, well I haven't for a few years now... Over the last few days I can definitely feel my eyes are starting to suffer. Where I live I'm surrounded by yellow fields (rapeseed).

 Here are some tips for surviving allergy season in one piece.

Close your windows: While we love to have our windows open as much as possible (and save money on air conditioning), if you are an allergy sufferer think about being the bullet and going with AC this year. If will keep a lot of allergens out of your house. 

Dust and vacuum: Dusting your house and then vacuuming can lower the amount of sneeze-causing stuff that floats around your house.

Change your sheets: This sounds silly but allergens can stick to your pillowcases and the more you change them the better. The cleaner your sleeping space is, the easier you will breathe.

Check the weather: Your local weather channel should have the pollen count available (you can always find on BBC weather app for smartphones) which can help you gauge what you are up against. If it is going to be sunny and dry, you may want to wait until later in the afternoon for any outdoor activities. I usually wear big sunglasses while I'm at work. That kind of helps. 

Bathe your pup: If you dog has a lot of fur, he may be carrying in pollen when her comes in from outside, so it can help to keep his hair short and wash him regularly. 

Stock up on allergy-free supplies: You can buy pillows, pillow cases and mattress covers that protect you from allergens. 

Of course, your allergist may have prescribed you an antihistamine or decongestant but these are just easy tips on how to beat the allergens that are out there.

Whatever you do, don't let your allergies keep you from enjoying the amazing spring and summer weather.

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