Fall allergy survival tips:
Pollen is a fine powdery substance, typically yellow, comprised of pollen grains, which are carried through the air and contributes to cross-pollination of trees, grasses and weeds. Pollen is also a common trigger of seasonal allergies known as allergic rhinitis or, more commonly, as hay fever.
Pollen allergy symptoms
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, affects between 10% and 30% of the world’s population. However, symptoms vary from mild to severe and persistent. Common pollen allergy symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion
- Irritated eyes, nose and throat
- Coughing or wheezing
- Problems concentrating and/or sleeping
More severe pollen allergy symptoms may include:
- Pain due to blocked sinuses
- Loss of smell or taste
In addition, people who suffer from pollen allergies have an increased risk of developing asthma.
How to manage your pollen allergy
Here are some common sense tips to help you manage your pollen allergy and limit your exposure to allergens:
- Consult an allergist so that you know exactly what you are allergic to.
- Start taking medication, if prescribed, before your allergy symptoms develop.
- Monitor pollen counts so you can take measures to limit your exposure on days when the counts are high.
- Shower before bed, and wash sheets in hot water to remove allergens brought indoors on your hair in clothes
- Stay indoors as much as possible when pollen counts are high, especially in the morning when pollen is at its peak. But be aware that peak exposure times can vary due to geographic region, weather conditions and other factors.
- Keep your windows closed.
- When outdoors, consider wearing glasses or sunglasses to minimize eye irritation due to pollen and a protective mask to filter pollen and other contaminants from the air you breathe.
Minimizing allergy triggers at home
Pollen clings to your clothing, shoes and hair – and even your pet, if you have one. Leave your shoes by the door, change your clothing and take a quick shower to rinse off any pollen. If your pet has been outdoors, rinse or towel off him or her, too. You should vacuum often and may also want to clean floors and other surfaces with a damp cloth or microfiber mop.
Better yet, you can improve indoor air quality and reduce pollen triggers at home by using an air purifier.
Air purifiers for pollen allergy sufferers
Air purifiers help relieve many allergy symptoms. An air purifier from Blueair removes most airborne allergens, such as pollen, from your indoor air. Using an air purifier throughout your home, and especially in your bedroom, can significantly reduce pollen allergy triggers. Particle filters are recommended for most allergy triggers, but if you are worried about gaseous contaminants, using a SmokeStop™ filter in your Blueair purifier helps remove airborne chemicals and gasses. It is important to consider room size when buying air purifier. Be sure to select the right Blueair air purifier to suit your room size in order to optimize performance and reduce pollen allergy triggers in your home.