Start Prevention NOW
A friend stopped over and already her allergies were kicking in. While many loved having a mild winter, I personally was hoping for that cold stretch to reduce the “triggers” for allergy sufferers. As my grandmother said, “you can’t control the weather, so live with it”.
Most people wait until their allergy symptoms start to worry about prevention and treatment. However, the best thing you can do for your body is to begin prevention now, before your symptoms even start. Read on for some tips on how to reduce “triggers” in your environment.
For allergy sufferers in Saratoga NY…
The pollen season can vary from year to year depending on weather conditions. According to www.weather.com, in the Saratoga Springs area, the onset of tree pollen is early-April, peak is late-April, and the end of tree pollen season is early-July. For grass, the onset is late-May, peak is mid-June, and the end is mid-June. For weed pollen, the onset is mid-August, peak is late-August, and the end is late-August.
What’s a trigger and why it’s important
A “trigger” is another name for what causes allergy symptoms. Triggers can be substances inhaled through your nose, ingested by mouth, or absorbed through the skin. There are many natural ways to decrease allergy “triggers”—some diet and others environmental. Personally, it took me 1 ½ years to eliminate my airborne allergies with alternative methods and it has been so worth the minor modifications in my life.
The common environmental allergy triggers include pollen, dust mites, mold, animal dander, latex, chemicals and insect stings. Reducing some of the triggers creating irritation to the sinuses will assist in reducing the symptoms. Almost anything you can buy in the store that has an aroma or perfume can trigger your sinuses. When I’m in a store, just walking down the “chemical” aisles triggers a reaction. If I walk into a store with heavy scents, I’m running for the door.
Don’t wait until your symptoms start, reduce triggers now!
One of the most important ways to reduce allergy symptoms is to live in a “reduced” trigger environment. Here are some ways to accomplish this:
- Shower or bath at the end of the day
- Leave shoes in a closet, preferably close to the main door
- Remove dirty clothes from the bedroom and place in a hamper
- Purchase personal hygiene products like soaps, shampoo, conditioners, etc. free of high perfumes
- Wash your laundry and linens with free and clear laundry soap and dryer sheets or softeners (remove the heavy perfumed aroma on your clothes)
- Stay properly hydrated
- Warm nasal flush such as a neti-pot. Saline spray can help but I have received excellent results from a neti-pot with 1 drop of tea tree oil. Don’t forget the salt and ensure your neti-pot is clean.
- Pillows should be replaced at least once per year
- Vacuum every corner of the room especially under the bed
- Once you remove the sheets and mattress cover from your mattress, vacuum the mattress
- Launder the mattress cover or purchase a new one but wash it before placing on the bed
- Wash curtains and dust blinds
- Remove stuffed toys unless they can be washed frequently
- Replace heating system air filter
- If the house has a fireplace, have the fireplace professionally cleaned. Closing the damper is not sufficient.
- I know we love our pets, at a minimum, do not allow pets to sleep on the bed
- Remove all perfume air fresheners and all plug-in air fresheners
- Run a dehumidifier in the basement year round. You goal is to keep the humidity level between 30 – 45%. By keeping the dehumidifier setup year round, it shouldn’t run in the winter but once the weather breaks and the basement becomes humid, it will accomplish the goal to assist in reducing mold in your home
- Keep windows and doors closed especially on windy days
- Replace carpets with hard surface flooring
- Run an air purifier in the bedroom
A lot of the tips are what most people consider “Spring” cleaning. I have taken a few steps further to reduce and remove the “triggers” you may not have considered. Good rule, if it can collect dust or has a “perfume” aroma, it will probably trigger your allergies.
Prevention means implementing these tips as soon as possible, before symptoms begin. My next post will begin to discuss chemicals we have in our households which trigger allergies.
For more information about eliminating allergies in your life, check out my website www.LivingHealthyRocks.com or give me a call at (518) 290-1009.
I am Karen Charbonneau and my business is Building Wellness. I moved to Saratoga Springs in 2010. With my first visit to Saratoga Springs, I felt the healing energy and the desire of people to live a healthy life. My passion is to provide information to help prevent the onset of disease–one of my main reasons for choosing the Saratoga Springs community. My blog posts will address toxins that need to be removed from your life, to allow your body to heal itself, and result in a longer and healthier life. As parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or as individuals, let’s raise the awareness of living a healthier life.