By Patsy Watkins MPS, CFCSFamily & Consumer Sciences Agent, UT/TSU Extension, Williamson County
Spring means beautiful flowers, blooming trees, and fresh cut grass. But if you are 1 out of the 50+ million people in the U.S. that suffer from nasal allergies, it can be miserable!
- Allergies are abnormal immune system reactions to things that are typically harmless to most people.
- Allergens or triggers are substances that cause the allergic reaction.
- Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, nasal congestion, but no fever are all symptoms of allergic rhinitis also commonly known as “hay fever.”
- Seasonal allergies are caused by tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen and airborne mold spores.
- Perennial allergies, which occur year round, are caused by animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, and indoor mold spores.
Tips to Reduce Your Exposure:
- Use air-conditioning in your home and car.
- Use a humidifier.
- Avoid pets in the home.
- Bathe dogs twice a week.
- Vacuum carpets weekly using a HEPA filter.
- Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water 130°F.
- Don’t dry laundry outside.
- Stay indoors on dry windy days.
- Keep your doors and windows closed during pollen season.
- Avoid mowing grass or raking leaves.
- Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning.
You can also attend out upcoming Using Essential Oils to Prepare our Sinuses for Spring event. Preparing for spring sinuses and maintaining our sinuses is key to having a great season. Learn how to use Essential Oils to keep our sinuses happy.