I'm not sick...it's allergy season.

Date: March 18, 2016 Author: Stephen Dunn Categories: Latest

If you are a spring allergy sufferer like me then you can relate to this title...and the sniffling, sneezing and itching that goes along with it.

Conventional western medical wisdom is to take allergy medication. And on really bad days I sure need that. But that's not all you can do. The key to lessening your suffering is to avoid or eliminate airborne allergens. Here are the top suggestions from Everyday Health:

  1. Pollen. It's almost impossible to avoid outdoor allergy triggers. If you really suffer from them, use the allergy medication when you are going outdoors. Consider investing in an electrostatic air cleaner or HEPA quality filters for your home HVAC system to remove more of the irritants indoors.
  2. Dust Mites. A stricter home hygiene routine is called for if you are allergic to these critters. Change furnace and AC filters regularly and consider upgrading the filter system to an air purifier. Get you ducts cleaned at least annually and choose a duct cleaning company that injects a disinfectant throughout the entire vent system. The hand held sprayers that some companies use are not that effective. There are also dust mite covers made specifically for mattresses.
  3. Pets. A weekly bath can reduce shedding and exposure to pet dander and outdoor allergens in your pet's fur. Cat doesn't like a bath? Brush him instead...outdoors.
  4. Mold and Mildew. Outdoors, you can thin dense vegetation and debris from your yard. This will reduce your exposure to mold spores. If you are finding mold indoors, consider using a dehumidifier to reduce moisture inside your home. And as mentioned before, upgrade your HVAC air filters.
  5. Cigarette smoke and strong perfumes. Best approach here is to avoid them. And make your home a "no fly zone" for smoking and strong scents.
  6. Cockroaches. Practice good home hygiene and if you notice a cockroach then it’s time to get an exterminator in.

A few common themes have emerged in this list. A stricter home hygiene routine, upgrading your HVAC air filtration, regular cleaning of vents and carpets. Hopefully these tips will make your allergy season more bearable.