Spring pollen is back – and it’s in full force. As reported by CNN, ABC News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – and quite possibly, that thick layer of yellow powder on your car – this year’s spring pollen is apparently going to be worse than ever. (Let’s all let out a collective groan.) According to countless reports, we can expect higher than normal pollen counts in many parts of the country.
For instance, if you live in the Northeast, you can expect heavier pollen levels as a result of the area’s high population as well as the large number of pollen-producing plants in the region. The Midwest will also likely see a more severe allergy season, stemming from the late winter flooding and snowstorms, which have made the ground ripe for tree and grass growth. In the Southeast, there are conflicting predictions. While some numbers predict a less severe allergy season, allergists at the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic, say residents in the region should hunker down for a particularly tough season, based on recent pollen trends and weather patterns.
Whether you are living in one of these spring allergy hotspots or in an area that expects to see typical pollen counts this year, you’ll definitely want to prepare yourself and your family for aggravated symptoms. Here are some ways that you can better manage the effects of spring pollen and reduce the severity of your allergies, no matter what the forecast says.
1.) Use an air purifier to clean the air indoors. Air purifiers, like the Austin Air HealthMate and the IQAir HealthPro, help filter out airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, mold, and odors from your indoor air with the help of special HEPA and carbon-based filters. The result is cleaner, contaminant-free air that is not as likely to trigger sniffles, itchy eyes, and sneezing.
2.) Shower after spending time outside to wash away pollen that collects on your skin and hair. One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of pollen you track indoors is to shower after spending long amounts of time outdoors. This will reduce the likelihood that pollen grains will settle on your furniture, be swept up into your indoor air, or find a new home in your bed.
3.) Clean bare floors, rugs, and carpets with an allergen-blasting vacuum. Vacuums such as the Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum and the Halo UV-ST Ultraviolet Vacuum, are specifically designed to remove allergens from your floors and to prevent them from being sprayed back into the air. The Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum uses airtight HEPA filtration along with multi-cyclonic technology to remove nearly 100% of allergens, dust, and dirt. The Halo UV-ST Vacuum also uses a HEPA filter, in addition to germ-killing ultraviolet light. This type of light shines on your floors as you vacuum to kill 99% of viruses, bacteria, flea eggs, dust mite eggs, and mold spores to give you the cleanest possible floors.
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4.) Keep your windows and doors closed. This is a key strategy for keeping pollen out of your home. Keeping doors and windows shut and well-sealed will prevent pollen-rich air from traveling inside. It also prevents stray air from escaping, which can ultimately cut down on your energy costs and help your air purifier work more effectively.
For more information on combating spring pollen and fighting indoor allergies, read our article Allergies: Facts and Fixes.
You can also check daily pollen and mold counts using the National Allergy Bureau’s online tool.