After what feels like the longest year, Spring is finally here. It means longer, sunnier days where the flowers and trees are in bloom, and we can enjoy more time spent outdoors. It’s a beautiful sight, but it can bring a host of problems for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies coming from trees, flowers, weeds and grass. However, it’s not just outside we have to worry about as pollen can easily find its way indoors, making it difficult to avoid.
The good news is, there are things you can do to minimise an allergy flare-up. Read on for our top 10 tips to battle Spring allergies.
1. Avoid drying clothes outside
There’s nothing more satisfying than hanging your washing out on a sunny day. However, this can be a real magnet for pollen, which means allergy sufferers will need to avoid doing this. If you still insist on hanging your clothes outside to dry, pop them into the dryer for a few minutes when you bring them in.
2. Wash your hair daily
Natural oils in our hair can cause allergens such as pollen to get trapped causing your allergies to get worse. Washing your hair will remove these particles, relieving your symptoms.
3. Change clothing after you’ve been out
Like hair, pollen can get trapped within the fibres of clothing, so it’s good practice to change as soon as you get home to avoid spreading allergens throughout your home. Ensure the clothes that have been worn outside are placed in an enclosed laundry basket and not left out where they may be picked up and moved, disturbing the particles and releasing them into the air.
4. Petroleum jelly on the end of your nose
This one’s a bit of a lifehack. Some allergy sufferers find putting petroleum jelly around the end of their nose and inside the nostrils helps prevent pollen from entering their system by physically stopping the particles.
5. Windows shut or open?
Now, this is an awkward one, especially with the current situation. Having windows closed can help keep pollen out which obviously helps. However, this is no longer an option with airborne viruses, indoor pollution, VOC’s, etc., that can build up creating an unhealthy indoor environment. The best tip would be to use a combination of ventilation and air purification to remove the triggers that come in from the outside.
6. Dust with a damp cloth
When it comes to dusting, simply use a slightly damp microfibre cloth to wipe down surfaces from top to bottom. This will prevent dust and allergens from being released back into the air causing irritation. If you’re using polish or cleaning products, spray them close to and directly on the cloth before dusting to minimise excessive chemicals escaping into the air. However, where possible, it’s recommended not to use surface spray products as they often use artificial fragrances and harmful chemicals that can trigger reactions. Oh, and don’t dust before bed!
7. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum
It sounds obvious, but when you’re an allergy sufferer you can’t vacuum enough. Ensure your vacuum has a sealed HEPA filter and preferably one that’s handheld to grab as and when you need it. This will help make regular vacuuming much easier. Vacuum as many surfaces as you can but change heads between floors and soft furnishings, like sofas, chairs, cushions and mattresses.
8. Use HEPA to help
Now found in many household products, HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are recognised as the most effective filtration method to capture particles and allergens. It’s able to trap 99.97% of microscopic particles as small as 0.3 microns, HEPA is a must to stop fine particles recirculating back in the room when vacuuming or using an air purifier.
9. Ventilate to stop indoor humidity
If the internal air has a high level of moisture, this can help mould and mildew to grow. This is particularly a problem in more wet, colder regions as the combination provides the perfect environment. Mould spores that go airborne can be breathed in and contribute to poor health for anyone with allergies or asthma. Ensure your home is well ventilated in areas condensation is prone. To help combat moisture, dehumidifiers offer an efficient option, or if mould is a persistent problem, some purification systems destroy mould on surfaces and in the air to help manage the situation.
10. Use hypoallergenic bed covers
Washing your bedding on a high heat will kill off dust mites but washing restrictions may prevent this, so read the labels first. Another option is to use hypoallergenic covers that act as a barrier, starving the dust mites of their food source (your dead skin).
Our ActivePure Beyond Guardian Air device delivers “better-than-HEPA” purification through an advanced 5 stage filtration. The BGA filters particles as small as 0.01 microns, removing more than 99.9% of triggers that can affect people with allergies and asthma, to provide even cleaner air. The system includes:
- Stage 1 Multipoint ion technology – clumps particles together
- Stage 2 Activated Carbon Filter – eliminates odours, chemicals & VOCs
- Stage 3 Better than-HEPA filter – removes 99.97% of particles as small as 0.01 micron
- Stage 4 Photocatalytic-UVC Sterilisation – sterilises air passing through
- Stage 5 – ActivePure cell – energises safe molecules that are released with the clean air to go out into the indoor space up to 2000 sq. ft. and seek out pathogens, mould spores, dust mites and more
Unlike traditional air purifiers, Active air and surface purification not only pulls the air through the device to remove allergens, pollution and contaminants, it also sends out safe molecules that seek out and destroy viruses, bacteria, dust mites and more. This provides a much faster and reactive method to controlling and protecting people from dangers as the molecules eliminate them in mid-air and on surfaces.