by Amanda VanDyke February 27, 2020
Are you tired of dealing with one allergy season after another? Sometimes it seems like there’s just no end to the constant stream of watery eyes and runny noses among other annoying allergy symptoms.
If you’re tired of carrying around tissues and are ready to put your allergies behind you, check out these tips to help you understand the ins-and-outs of each allergy season. Learn the causes of allergies during each season with advice on how to avoid them outside and indoors.
When you picture spring what do you see? Is it sunshine, spending time outdoors, picnics, warm breezes, and a general feeling of happiness? Or is it itchy eyes, sneezing, constantly worrying about pollen and weather, and dreaded spring cleaning? If the second example sounds like you, you’re one of the millions who probably see spring as a season of suffering and misery; but you don’t have to.
Read on to find out what may be causing those unwanted issues as well as ways you can reduce their effects.
Spring cleaning stirs up more than an urge to clean your whole home. In fact, there are serious impacts of spring cleaning indoors that kicks up dust, reveals mold, disturbs pet dander and more, that may leave you sneezing, coughing, and crying.
Many cleaning chemicals contain a range of VOCs. According to the EPA, VOCs, otherwise known as volatile organic compounds, are gases that are released from certain chemicals that are often in cleaning chemicals and other common household items. Using these types of cleaning chemicals, especially in high amounts, such as may be the case during periods of intense cleaning, can drastically raise the number of VOCs in your air. Furthermore, if you’re planning a fresh coat of paint, using seasonal decorations, considering new furniture or bedding, these things may be responsible for releasing large amounts of unwanted VOCs into your home’s air.
When large amounts of VOCs build up in your home, the air can become unsafe to breathe. Currently, no general standards exist for safe VOC concentrations, so we recommend that in addition to one or more air purifiers, it’s generally a good idea to limit your exposure to these chemicals, not only for seasonal comfort but also for your long-term health.
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Beach sand: 100-10,000 microns
Spores: 3 – 40 microns
Mold: 3 – 12 microns
Bacteria: 0.3 – 60 microns
Atmospheric dust: 0.001 to 30 microns
Car emissions: 1 – 150 microns
Pure oxygen: 0.0005 microns
For even more examples, check out The Engineering ToolBox.
Summer often goes under the radar as an allergy season, but for some sufferers, it can be just as bad as the spring and fall seasons.
Don’t let summer allergies ruin your vacation and time outdoors, check out these tips to ensure you can enjoy the sunny weather during this fun season!
It’s a cool, crisp, sunny fall day. You go out to apple pick, wander your way through a corn maze, or enjoy a bumpy, jovial hayride to find yourself sneezing, rubbing red eyes, and blowing your nose.
Don’t miss out on the fall festivities due to seasonal allergies!
To make sure you enjoy every last bit of pumpkin spice consuming, leaf-peeping, and hot apple cider guzzling, learn how to stave off common fall allergy symptoms that can dampen the mood. Wouldn’t want allergies ruining the fun of these few fleeting months of pure bliss, would ya?
Any organic matter is a breeding ground for mold—especially decomposing leaves. While freshly fallen leaves may seem crisp and inviting, they’ll make you sneeze like crazy if you have mold allergies.
If you don’t want to put the kibosh on fall festivities, wear a mask when spending excessive time outdoors or around leaves. You can also eat a spoonful of local raw honey per day as well or a number of natural pollen allergy remedies to build up your tolerance. Additionally, wear long sleeves and pants when raking leaves to keep allergens off of your skin. When you get into the house, pop your clothes in the washer right away!
Hay fever kicks in around mid-August and doesn’t subside until a nice hard freeze. That means hay fever will be around for all of your fall gallivantings. If you notice you’re sneezing, itchy, and suffering from a runny nose and other cold-like symptoms, you very well may have a hay fever allergy—along with 7.8% of American adults.
So how do you avoid hay fever? While out and about enjoying fall festivities, you’ll need to carry an inhaler with you for constricted airways and/or take a daily antihistamine. While indoors, you can use an air purifier to cut down on airborne contaminants that can irritate your sinuses.
Additionally, you should be extra careful when visiting farms — as exposure to hay and straw can cause people to deal with “Farmer’s Lung,” which can have lasting effects on your allergy tolerance and overall health.
This one is simple. If you get super itchy and develop a rash or hives when you wear wool products, then you most likely have a wool allergy. Good thing we live in a world where hypoallergenic materials exist!
Wool allergies are actually a reaction to lanolin, a waxy secretion that goats and sheep produce, so you’ll want to try to avoid this warm and fuzzy fabric if at all possible. If you’re allergic to wool, try alpaca (which is lanolin-free), choose soft fleece or warm down, or stock up on hydrocortisone cream to treat an allergic reaction to your beloved woolens.
Fall also means it’s time for kids to go back to school, so parents should take extra precautions if their child has a food allergy. Food allergies are fairly common among children, as about 1 out of 13 kids have a food allergy. If you’re nervous about sending your kid back to school this fall because he or she is one of the minority, don’t fret! You can send your child to school with an Epipen, educate your kids about foods to avoid, and tell teachers and classmates about the signs of an allergic reaction and foods your child is allergic to. That way, your child will be prepared if they eat something by accident.
When it’s time for Halloween—the culmination of fall aside from Thanksgiving—you can spread child food allergy awareness and keep other kids safe by taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project, which promotes food safety for kids with allergies. This will allow you and your young ones to enjoy all the fun fall has to offer without incident.
The best way to make your fall outing fun and not overtaken by allergies is to take an antihistamine beforehand. If your allergies are really bad, consider starting allergy shots. While allergy shots take months to make a noticeable difference, you’ll be ready to go by next fall.
If you don’t suffer sinus allergies, but get itchy rashes and hives when you come into contact with hay, straw, and corn stalks, then you should wear long sleeves and pants to reduce your exposure, as this could be a sign of contact dermatitis (another kind of allergy).
Finally, ensure your home is free from fall allergies by using an air purifier such as the Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 to filter out contaminants that cause irritation indoors.
Outdoor allergies are rarely a problem during winter, but indoor air issues can be just as problematic.
In addition to regular indoor contaminants such as dust and mold, the dramatic dip in temperature can also increase the toxicity of air inside homes. Take note of these tips to cope with cold weather and improve the air quality in your home during winter.
Although outdoor winter allergies are uncommon, it’s still important to be aware of potential dangers when venturing outdoors. For example, some people experience a skin reaction known as cold urticaria, which causes a rash and hive when the thermometer drops.
If you have asthma, you may also notice constriction of your airways when it’s cold outside.
If you’re going to be partaking in any outdoor activities like a penguin plunge, Thanksgiving 5K, or races and walks in cold temperatures, wear a breathable face mask, carry your inhaler, and wear warm clothes.
With all your knowledge on what makes a great air filter, you’re ready to pick your air purifier. Bear in mind, not all purifiers are created equal. In fact, an air purifier is only as effective if it operates as an efficient system. Alen shines in this regard.
Our filters, like those found in the BreatheSmart 45i and BreatheSmart 75i, form a sealed filtration system within the purifier, stopping air from flowing around the filter and ensuring effectiveness, unlike other purifiers which may not seal this way, allowing dirty air to pass through completely unfiltered and back into your environment.
Check out answers to common questions about air purifiers and find a solution catered to your home’s unique needs!
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