Spring has sprung, and that means soon the flowers will be in bloom, trees will bud, and the days are getting longer and brighter.
One drawback for many people during this time of year, however, is allergies.
These symptoms can range from sneezing and watery eyes, all the way to triggering a cold or flu. As we get older, the impact of allergies tend to increase, and with the current Coronavirus pandemic, combating allergies is more important than ever. If you tend to have allergic reactions but haven’t been properly tested for specific allergies, it’s a good idea to see a specialist to determine what you may be allergic to. That way, your healthcare professional can administer the proper treatment, if needed.
Allergies are a common ailment, but fortunately, there are some simple and effective ways to help minimize their effects.
- Close your windows. It may be comfortable to open your windows and doors on a warm spring day and let in the fresh air but do so in short intervals. Pollen and other allergens are heavy in the spring and these particles can get inside your home and linger. So, it’s a good idea to keep the open windows to a minimum.
- Do your laundry more frequently. If you’re outside for a long length of time, it is good to change into a clean set of clothes right when you return because your clean clothes won’t have any potential allergens attached to them. Wash the clothes you just changed out of right away too, so that the particles won’t hang around. Another good practice is to wash your bedding at least every other week as well. This will minimize the accumulation of dust mites, pollen and other organisms that thrive in warmer weather.
- Keep the air clean and filtered. It’s a good idea to install a HEPA air purifier, if you can, to effectively filter out dangerous airborne particles. This will help you breathe easier and eliminate potentially harmful material from causing allergic reactions to your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
- Maintain the landscape. A well-kept lawn not only looks great, but it will harbor less pollen and allergens from trees, flowers, and bushes. Mowing and trimming can temporarily stir-up these organisms however, so having help or someone maintain your landscape for you can be beneficial and keep you out prolonged contact with allergens in the air.
A supportive living community like Heritage Woods has programs and services like these already in place to help keep your allergies in check.
This contributes greatly to the quality of life you and your loved ones enjoy. For any questions, visit our website or call us at 630-406-9440.
Heritage Woods of Batavia
1079 E. Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510