(BPT) - A runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat, nagging cough — as the weather changes throughout the year, different allergens can increase, making you miserable in numerous ways. Medications can help, but there are all-natural steps you can take to help you feel your best, whether indoors or outside.
Outdoor tips for allergy season
Check online for pollen counts in your area. A good place to start is the National Allergy Bureau from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at pollen.aaaai.org. Pollen counts can vary depending on weather and season, so this can help you know ahead of time how severe your allergies may be if spending time outside.
Consider planning outdoor activities in the early morning when daily counts are often at their lowest. Keep in mind, windy days spread pollen around and it may be more difficult to spend time outdoors if you have allergies. Rain removes pollen from the air, so after a shower is a good time to head outdoors as pollen counts are typically lower.
Take a personal air purifier with you when you’re on the go. The LG PuriCare™ Mini Air Purifier is designed to remove up to 99% of ultra-fine dust and reduces allergens and irritants that can be harmful to breathe. Compact, lightweight and portable, this handy purifier displays the air quality and adjusts to filter air at the appropriate rate for up to 8 hours.
When you get home, remember that microscopic pollen particles and other allergens are likely stuck on your clothes and body. Especially important on high pollen count days, immediately remove clothes when you get home and place them in a laundry basket to be washed. Consider taking a shower and washing your hair to remove any allergens on your body, helping to reduce the allergens brought into your home from outside.
Tips to reduce indoor allergens
Keep windows closed to keep pollen out. Clean furniture and floors regularly where pollen, pet dander, dust and other allergens often gather. If possible, wash hard flooring weekly and vacuum carpet and rugs several times a week. Remove clutter and dust regularly to help maintain a clean indoor environment.
Invest in an air purifier for your room like the LG PuriCare™ 360 Single Air Purifier that captures six different types of particles to deliver purer, cleaner air. The true HEPA filtration system traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns and the deodorization filter removes odors like food, smoke, smog and harmful airborne chemicals. Plus, it's CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® having undergone rigorous scientific testing by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Get some air in your home gym, office, bedroom or even dorm, by improving the air quality around you with an LG purifier. Creating cool, comfortable spaces is vital to enjoying the change of the seasons. LG PuriCare air purifiers will give you a breath of fresh air, whether at home or on the move.
To help you sleep well and remove allergens and dust mites, wash your sheets, pillowcases and blankets weekly in hot water at a minimum 130 F. For pillows, stuffed animals and other items that can't be washed, try investing in the AAFA-certified LG Styler. This innovative laundry appliance can give anything from your afternoon outfit, to your shoes, even your kids toys, a fresh clean that eliminates any lingering allergens and dander after a full day outside with the extensive cleaning power of steam.
While some moisture in the air makes it easier to breathe, too much moisture can cause mold and mildew to thrive. Be mindful and strive to keep the humidity levels in your house between 20% and 40%. When bathing or showering, use a ventilation fan to remove excess moisture. Additionally, use the stove or kitchen fan when cooking to vent moisture and fumes to help keep air cleaner.
More than 50 million Americans have experienced various types of allergies each year, according to AAFA. If you or a loved one have allergies, these steps can help whether you're exploring the great outdoors or relaxing inside.