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spring allergies

Spring allergies are in full swing in Charleston, beginning in around late February or early March depending on weather fluctuations, and continue on well into the summer months. With the warming in the weather, pollen is being released into the air, and moisture is gathering, giving molds more opportunities to grow. Pets begin to shed, releasing more dander into the air, and allergy sufferers may encounter a spike in their symptoms.

Clean House

Spring is a great time to clear out the old and bring in the new. Most people take advantage of the warmer weather to clean their homes and clear clutter. Allergy suffers can take spring cleaning one step further and reduce their symptoms throughout the summer. Make it a point to change filters in air conditioning units, preferably using HEPA replacement filters. All surfaces of the home should be wiped with a clean, damp cloth, paying special attention to usually-neglected areas like baseboards and ceiling fans. Wash bedding in hot water and tumble dry- hanging it out on a line simply turns your blankets and sheets into giant pollen-collectors. Allergy-proof your home by sealing cracks where breezes can blow pollen and other outdoor allergens in, and consider investing in an air purification unit, especially for the bedrooms.

Schedule Your Exposure

For most people that suffer from spring allergies, pollen is a key culprit causing their symptoms. If you haven’t already done so, familiarize yourself with the daily pollen counts. In general, pollen counts will be highest in the middle of the day, and lower at morning and evening. Windy days may stir up more pollen and dust, while rain tends to wash some of the pollen out of the air. Try to plan your outdoor activities during the times when the pollen count is low.

Remedies For Spring Allergies

An allergist like those at Alpha Care’s convenient locations can help you determine the exact cause of your allergies and devise a plan for combatting them. A combination of medications, diet, and treatments may be able to reduce your allergy symptoms. Call or come in for a consultation today.