With summertime upon us, it’s time to pack away your scarves, sweaters, and boots, and bring out your summer wardrobe. After spending months cooped up in your home to escape the frigid air while fighting off colds and runny noses, there’s no better feeling than the one you get when you can finally throw open the windows and let the fresh summer air fill your home. Unless, of course, you’re susceptible to summertime allergies triggered by pollen.
Unfortunately, as pleasant of a time the summer can be, if you’re an allergy-prone person, you’ll probably be trading in a runny nose from a wintertime cold for a summertime, pollen-induced scratchy throat. So you don’t have to miss out on the sunny skies and warm weather, here are a few things you can do to keep your allergies in check this summer.
As summertime emerges, the warm sun isn’t the only thing that gives off a bright, yellow hue. Pollen is a pesky allergen that spreads far and wide from the start of spring to the middle of summer. Aside from being highly adept at covering every surface--cars, dashboards, homes, streets--with a vibrant coat of yellow, it’s the number one culprit for allergies and asthma.
As glorious a notion it may be to have the ability to keep the windows open for some fresh air, it can be slightly problematic for the unlucky few who are predisposed to asthma and pollen allergies.
To avoid unwanted asthma attacks and allergy symptoms, it is highly recommended that you keep all windows are doors shut throughout the day; especially during the mornings and evenings when the pollen count is at its peak. By leaving the windows open, pollen will be able to enter your home and bring with it a constant flow of aeroallergens--airborne substances such as pollen spores that have the ability to induce an allergic reaction within a person (Source). Let’s not forget the yellow residue it’s bound to leave all over your home if you do decide to keep the windows ajar.
Another great way to keep your allergies in check this summer is by abstaining from air-drying your laundry outside. Pollen can easily embed itself in the clothes you hang outside to dry. From there, it can be transferred to your hands, skin, hair and even further to the people and pets living in your home. With the capability to spread so quickly within your home, it’s best to dry your clothes inside and give your allergies a break.
Pollen isn’t the only summertime allergen that leaves people coughing and sneezing; dust mites are another breed of pesky allergens that thrive in warm, humid atmospheres. With a lifespan of 10 to 70 days, dust mites plague 90% of households around the world.
Sometimes, the best way to manage your dust mite allergy is to give your home a nice, long, thorough clean. Our probiotic cleaning products such as our All Natural All Purpose Cleaner provide a non-toxic means of keeping your home dust free.
Depending on how severe your allergies are, it might be wise to replace and soft, plush furniture you have in your home and keep soft toys and cushions away from beds. You might even consider investing in a dehumidifier for your home to create an environment that is difficult for dust mites to survive in.