Autumn is a magical season with birds flying south, brightly colored trees, berries, nuts, and buzzing bees. It is a wonderful time to spend out of doors enjoying the cool breezes and the falling leaves. All of this amazing natural beauty comes with a price though: ALLERGIES!
For Oxygen, Asthma & Sleep Therapy users allergies can be especially debilitating, forcing sufferers to hide indoors to avoid flareups, reducing the benefits and effectiveness of treatment, and generally lowering overall quality of life.
With a bit of planning and awareness, you can minimize symptoms and live life to the fullest all year round. Review DirectHomeMedical's Allergy Tips for Sleep, Asthma & Oxygen Therapy Users below and you'll be ready to take back the season!
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KNOW YOUR PERSONAL ALLERGY SEASON
The term "allergy season" is often used to refer to months, in the spring and fall, when hay fever and airborne pollens are most prevalent out of doors; but your own "allergy season" will depend on where you live and what you're allergic to.
Many people DO experience heightened allergic symptoms in the spring and fall; but different plants release pollens at different times of year and indoor allergies can occur at any time due to dust mites, molds or pet dander. The first step in combating your allergy symptoms is to know when your personal "allergy season" is so you can prepare for it before the allergies hit!
KNOW WHAT CAUSES YOUR ALLERGIES
In order to predict when you'll get allergies you need to know what is causing them. Allergies can be caused by a variety of indoor and outdoor pollutants.
KNOW THE SYMPTOMS
By recognizing the symptoms of allergies you can take action quickly when they hit. All of the following can indicate an allergic reaction: stuffy or runny nose, ear congestion, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, fatigue, excess mucus, sore throats, wheezing or coughing, and shortness of breath. More serious reactions such as rashes and swelling can also occur.
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WHEN ALLERGIES HIT TAKE ACTION FAST!
CLEANING WORKS, NO MATTER THE SEASON!
What better way to start each new season than with a big clear out? Indoor allergens, like dust and pet dander, hide in bookshelves, air conditioning vents, window ledges, behind couches and under chairs. A good spring clean at the beginning of EVERY season can be a great way to make your home feel "new again" and it's a great way to minimize indoor allergens.
For added protection wear a dust mask when you clean to keep exposure to a minimum; and only use mild soaps and detergents as required.
IS THE AIR TOO FRESH?
Enjoying fresh air and the great outdoors is one of life's great pleasures; but sometimes we can have too much of a good thing. Visit the National Allergy Bureau Website and check the pollen count in your area. If the pollen count or humidity is high where you live try to stay indoors during the morning, when pollen counts are usually the highest, and on windy days, when dust and pollen are blown about Keeping windows closed at night, and using air conditioning instead, can also help keep pollens and molds from drifting into your home; and air conditioning can also clean and dry the air.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
Shower and wash your hair daily -- every night if possible to help clean off any allergens that have gathered on your body during the day. If you've been prescribed allergy medications or treatments make sure to take them regularly as prescribed. If allergy symptoms get bad, or your medications don't appear to be working, DO NOT take more than your doctor recommends. Instead get in touch with your doctor, allergist or immunologist immediately and discuss your symptoms and treatment to find the best solution for your needs. Don't mow lawns or rake leaves as this can stir up pollens and dust; and instead of hanging clothing outside to dry, dry it inside to keep it away from airborne pollens and molds.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SLEEP, ASTHMA & OXYGEN EQUIPMENT! Dust, pollen, molds and allergens don't react well inside your lungs and sinuses and they're no good for sleep, oxygen and asthma therapy equipment either:
FINALLY... YOU'VE GOT AN EXCUSE, SO TAKE A VACATION!
This may be the ultimate vacation excuse so why not take a vacation during the height of your "allergy season." Go to the beach or any clean, pollen-free area and enjoy an allergen free vacation.