Keeping the Family Allergy Free

Keeping the Family Allergy Free

Try these easy, helpful ideas to keep springtime allergies at bay for the whole family.

By: Madeline Glasser

Spring is in the air! Flowers are starting to bloom, and warmer weather is just around the corner — which also means the amount of allergens floating through the air is on the rise.

If your family suffers from seasonal allergies, the arrival of spring can be a little bittersweet. Avoid or limit the effect allergies have on you and your family by utilizing some of these simple tips to help keep your family allergy free this year. As always, consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to combat allergies or if your symptoms are severe.

1. Dust Your House
Before the pollen count rises too high, take a weekend to deep dust your entire house. This means cleaning the areas you might have neglected through winter — those hard-to-reach places where dust hides.

Using hot and soapy water, give your baseboards a thorough scrub. The tops of doors are also havens for dust bunnies. Finally, make sure to clean the tops of your ceiling fans, especially in your bedrooms, so that dust isn’t being spread into the air while the fans are running.

Swiffer 360 Dusters has thousands of deep-cleaning fibers to help reduce allergens, so they would be a good option for eliminating common allergens.

2. Change Your Air Filter
If you haven’t changed your air filter recently, now is the time. Consider splurging on a high-quality filter that traps more allergens, pet hair and dust. You should change your air filter on a monthly basis; so if this is something you often forget, set a reminder on your phone or pencil it into your calendar to remind yourself at the end of the month to clean or replace it.


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3. Get a Nasal Cleansing Pot
A nasal cleansing pot is an oddly shaped device used to flush out your nose and sinuses with warm saline solution. It helps to thin out the mucus that allergies cause to build up in your nose and can help relieve sinus pressure. Be sure to use this with distilled water to lessen your risk of infection.

Nasal cleansing pots are available over the counter at most local drug stores and grocery stores. Certain versions are even endorsed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

4. Shut Your Windows
As tempting as it is to open your windows and doors to let the fresh spring air in, if you and your family suffer from allergies, keep them shut.

By keeping your house sealed off from the outside environment, you lessen the amount of allergy triggers in the air of your home. If you can’t bring yourself to keep them shut all the time, be sure to keep them shut on days when pollen count is particularly high (you can usually find these stats on weather websites).

5. Stay Hydrated
It’s important to stay properly hydrated all the time, but drinking lots of water can be particularly helpful when you’re dealing with allergies. Drinking more water helps to thin out the mucus in your nose and throat and may provide you and your family some relief when the sniffles hit. Drinking hot tea can give you the added bonus of steam to help clear your nasal passages.

While completely avoiding allergies may not be possible as springtime nears, utilizing the above tips in your daily life can help to lessen your symptoms and hopefully keep you and your family as comfortable as possible while enjoying the beautiful spring weather.

Madeline is the author of the Food, Fitness, and Family blog where she writes about yummy eats, sweaty workouts and life as a family of three — soon to be four! She is an Army wife dedicated to finding balance between kale and cake pops while raising her growing family.

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I also recommend a hepa filter vaccum. Clean filter outside. Make sure loved one w allergy is not around when cleaning is done.

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My niece suffers from pollen allergy and my sister has found that dusting frequently and keeping the windows closed during early mornings and late evenings have worked wonders.

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