We're so ready for the first signs of spring
It's the first step on the way to those cold, dark winter days finally being over. However, it also means that for the airborne allergy sufferers out there, it's time to welcome runny eyes and headaches.
If you're wondering what you can do to alleviate this, airborne allergens expert, Max Wiseberg, is providing some simple tips that could help to limit the symptoms...
You actually face allergens around the home as it is, in the form of dust particles and mould spores - and that's before you factor in a pet, in which case there will also be animal dander.
However, it's the spring months that take this to the next level, as tree pollen enters the house in a number of ways, including draughts, the wind, clothes, on your hair and by your pets too. This is particularly bad news for any airborne allergy sufferers - yet making a few lifestyle changes can work wonders for you...
1. While everyone can tolerate a certain level of airborne allergens, once this gets exceeded, it's known as the 'trigger level', which leads to an allergic reaction.
Therefore, it makes sense to limit the amount of allergens you can get into your body. The less allergens you get, the less sneezing you'll do. Making some simple changes to your daily routine will be a great way of reducing or even preventing your symptoms altogether.
2. A combination of vacuuming your floors and carpets, along with damp dusting your surfaces will all help you to avoid a build-up of allergens too. Damp dusting - or even using a microfiber duster - will be a better option than dry dusting, as it means you send less dust into the air.
You should also vacuum your curtains, duvets and blankets for the same reason, and if you have young children, you should give any cuddly toys a vacuum too.
3. This one could be a problem if you like to have your windows open - however, you should leave your doors and windows shut, to make sure you don't have too many problems during the spring months.
4. If you have a pet, you should make sure they stay well groomed, with their coats regularly washed. This means you avoid a build-up of animal dander, and also remove any pollen grains that could have been picked up whilst they are outside.
5. You should also think about wearing head cover when you're outdoors. Whether it's a hat or cap, it helps to prevent you from getting any pollen in your hair. When the sunny weather comes around, you can also wear some wraparound sun glasses to prevent pollen grains getting into the eyes.
6. When you get home, have a bath or shower and be sure to change your clothes. This will remove any pollen that is caught in your hair and also reduces the amount of allergens entering the home.
7. If things get desperate for you, you could always try a drug-free organic allergen barrier balm - for instance, HayMax. Applying this around rim of the nostrils and the bones of the eyes in the mornings and evenings, along with before you go out, can help to trap the pollen grains before they enter the body.