This post is sponsored by Trane.
It’s that time of year friends when allergies get out of control. It really is a serious problem in my home as you know especially with Lauren’s health. It can be the runny nose, itchy red eyes, a headache and on and on. My husband and I have really taken all measures over the last few years to help reduce allergy symptoms during pollen season and today I’ve teamed up with Trane to bring you 10 tips for effectively dealing with them.
10 Tips to Reduce Allergy Symptoms During Pollen Season:
1. Remove clothes and shoes immediately after coming indoors.
While you may not see it physically on your clothes, pollen easily attaches to you and your pets when outside, so try to change when you come back inside to make sure you’re not spreading the pollen to your furniture or other areas of the home. For your pets, give them a wipe down with pet wipes to help eliminate pollen stuck on their fur.
2. Wash clothing and bedding once a week.
While you may not be lying in bed wearing the same clothes you just wore outside, pollen does travel in the air, so wash bedding once a week to stop pollutants from settling in! Keep in mind that the washing machine must reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit in order to kill pollutants, dust mites and their eggs, so use a hot water cycle.
3. Use a clothes dryer, not an outdoor line.
Avoid line drying your clothes and bedding outside when the pollen count is high, it will defeat the purpose of cleaning your clothes when you bring them inside.
4. Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.
While we often want to open our windows to bring in fresh air after being cooped up all winter, we also invite in the pollen and allergens that come with spring. It’s beneficial to install an air cleaning system that improves your home’s air quality like the Trane CleanEffects Whole-Home Air Filtration System. The system uses revolutionary technology to remove up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles from the air we breathe at home reducing harmful bacteria and allergens, like pollen, dust, pet hair, tobacco smoke, bacteria and more.
5. Take allergy medicine before going outside.
Most allergy medicines work best when take this way. This allows the medicine to prevent your body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause symptoms.
6. Ensure that you’re dusting and vacuuming on a regular basis.
Making this a part of your routine several times a week will definitely help with anything tracked into your home, or that may have floated in when windows or doors were open.
7. Place certified bedding on all mattresses and pillows to keep allergens from seeping in the bedding.
Make sure the bedding you buy fully encases the entire bed and pillows, so that no pollutants can make themselves at home in the mattress and cushion.
8. Change up your bedtime routine.
Switching shower time to night before bed can reduce allergy symptoms, ensuring that all the allergens that stick to hair and face will be washed off and not transferred to the pillow and bedding.
9. Keep your garden in shape.
Keeping your lawn and garden trimmed and pruned throughout spring will stop the shorter blades from holding as much pollen from the trees and flowers.
10. Educate yourself, check the pollen count and plan accordingly.
It’s always good to familiarize yourself with the weather, so you know the best times of the day to be outside, ideally when the pollen count is at its lowest (it’s usually at its worst first thing in the morning).
Really allergies can get the better of you and take over your day to day health. I hope these 1o tips help you reduce allergy symptoms and give you the tools to enjoy your summer a lot more!
THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. A BLISSFUL NEST HAS RECEIVED PAYMENT, TRADE, AND/OR PRODUCTS FROM TRANE IN EXCHANGE FOR PROMOTING. HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS STATED ARE OUR OWN.
Rebekah Dempsey is the Creative Director, Stylist and Editor of A Blissful Nest. A site about everything for the home from stylish entertaining to fresh interiors. She has been in the interior design field for 10 years and currently venturing into designing custom made items for the home to help other mommies live a stylish and blissful life.