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How to Prevent Hay Fever in Spring

 
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Prevent Hay Fever in Spring

Sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and throat, general fatigue, mucous membrane irritation... If you are allergic, we're sure that you've noticed these symptoms in the spring. Spring allergies are a real nuisance because you can't control factors such as the presence of pollen around you. However, OneHowTo will explain how to prevent hay fever to make it more bearable for those months when allergies are more prevalent.

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Steps to follow:
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One of the first things you need to do is thoroughly clean your home in spring. Mites or mould (two major allergens) are hidden in radiators, around windows, air conditioning pipes, etc. Mites can really affect your health, so at least once a year, before reaching the peak of allergies, you should clean your house thoroughly to remove these sources of infection. OneHowTo tells you how to get rid of mites at home.

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During the weeks with the highest concentration of pollen, it is recommended that you vacuum the house at least twice a week. Whilst talking about vacuuming, if you use a brush instead of a vacuum cleaner, you'll remove dust mites. If possible, put away rugs or carpets that easily accumulate dust.

How to Prevent Hay Fever in Spring - Step 2
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It is never easy to stop living with pet dogs or cats but they also attract pollen grains and can worsen your spring allergy. This doesn't mean you have to get rid of your pets, but little habits like teaching them not to climb on the beds of the sofa will prevent the spread of pollen grains where you lay. Don't forget vacuum your home more often so that pollen brought into your home by your pets doesn't remain in the carpet.

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Every few years, it's worth hiring a professional to clean your ventilation systems. It's better to keep your windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your home, so to regulate the temperature, use air conditioning systems. Anti-pollen filters are also really useful.

To ventilate your home and renew the air, you can open your windows 5 or 10 minutes after sunset. Do the same in the car. It is preferable to use the air conditioning rather than have the windows down.

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Clothing is also an important factor because pollen grains get stuck to it. Try to avoid hanging your clothes outside as much as you can. If you have a tumble dryer, use that or hang your clothes indoors. Another tip is that, when you get home from work or school, take a shower and change out of your clothes.

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Try to stay at home when pollen counts are high. Whilst it depends on where you live, the highest concentrations of pollen usually occur between the hours of 5 to 10am and from 7 to 10 pm so try to minimise any activities outside during those slots. Sometimes staying at home is impossible, so don't forget to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen.

How to Prevent Hay Fever in Spring - Step 6
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Finally, don't self-medicate. If you suffer from severe allergic reactions, go to the doctor who will prescribe you the most appropriate treatment. You can supplement specialist treatments with some home remedies which won't cure your allergies but will help to relieve your symptoms.

In this article, you'll discover home remedies for seasonal allergies which include ingredients like chamomile or nettle.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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