Seasonal allergies and how to alleviate your symptoms

Seasonal allergies and how to alleviate your symptomsFor those who suffer seasonal allergies, you know how awful suffering the symptoms can be.

A survey commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found that as many as 10 million Canadians suffer from allergy symptoms and that 55 per cent of those claim their allergies cut into their productivity. More than 25 per cent of those people say they’ll limit their outdoor time to prevent the onset of symptoms.

Besides taking medication, there are other things you can do to try and curb your allergy symptoms. Below are some tips to help you avoid those itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and coughing symptoms:

  • Check your local pollen count and stay inside when it’s high (especially between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when it’s usually at its highest) and keep your windows and doors closed so you are not inviting pollen into your home.
    • On high pollen count days, change your clothes and take a shower as soon as you come home from outside.
    • Keep your home as allergy-free as possible. Consider replacing carpets with wood or laminate flooring, use a dehumidifier to help keep indoor air dry and change your sheets and pillowcases often.
    • Close your windows and use the air conditioner and make sure to change your furnace’s air filter often. If you’re using a window air conditioner, clean its filter frequently.
    • Use an air cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom. These filters trap the stuff that may set off your allergies. When using a vacuum cleaner, buy one with a HEPA filter for the same reason.
    • Don’t hang your wash outside to dry. Your sheets, towels and clothes will be exposed to pollen and you will be exposed to that pollen when you bring the stuff inside.
    • Reduce clutter in your home! The more stuff you have lying around means the more places dust and dust mites, have to settle in and accumulate, both of which are major allergy triggers.