Common Spring Allergies and How to Eliminate Triggers in Your Home
Springtime is a wonderful season with the weather finally warming up after a harsh and frigid winter, the animals coming out to play, and activities starting up again. However, for those of us who suffer from indoor and outdoor spring allergies, the excitement of springtime can get lost in a haze of antihistamine and cough syrup. What is an allergy sufferer to do?
Tired of Dealing With the Springtime Sniffles?
Most people with allergies think that they just have to suffer through the season to get to the relief of summer, but that’s not true. Did you know that there are many easy ways to eliminate allergy triggers inside your home so you can feel better and sneeze less? Read on to learn about common spring allergies, and even better, how to eliminate allergy triggers in your home!
Most Common Allergies
Most people get the sniffles in the springtime, and they use the catch-all phrase, “I have allergies.” But did you know that there are many different things that can cause allergic reactions, especially in the spring? When springtime rolls around, a lot of outdoor allergy triggers can be released after lying dormant throughout the winter, and knowing what you are allergic to will go a long way toward helping you avoid your allergy triggers--hopefully finding some much-needed relief!
If you have allergies that only seem to pop up in the springtime, tree pollen is the most likely trigger. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the most common trigger trees include:
Although tree pollen seems like it might stay outside, the truth is that it can easily hitch a ride into your house on your body, clothing, shoes, and even pets! Wash your clothing carefully, wipe down your shoes, and give your pets a good bath regularly to decrease the amount of pollen that gets tracked in. In addition, keep your windows and doors closed so pollen can’t blow in with the wind and try to limit your exposure outdoors until after a rainstorm or until the pollen subsides.
Mold is another very common springtime allergy. Specifically, it is the mold spores that can give you trouble when they are released into the air. Unfortunately, if you have allergies that last from spring all the way into the fall, mold might be the culprit.
Mold can be an issue both indoors and outdoors, and it is when it starts bothering you inside your home that you should be alarmed. If you think that mold spores might be the cause of your allergy issues, look around your home for signs of mold in moist or damp areas. Ensure that you fix any leaky pipes or other water sources that might be making puddles or damp places--perfect habitats for mold! If your mold problem persists, call in a professional to help take care of it.
When springtime rolls around, you probably start packing away all the winter clothes, jackets, and sweaters that got you through even the coldest days. Unfortunately, in the springtime, animals, and pets do the same thing in the form of shedding their winter coats. If you have pets, you may have allergies triggered by an increase in the dander than they shed.
To help to eliminate pet dander in your home, there are a few options you can try. When your allergies start acting up, take your pets to a groomer to help get rid of their winter coat faster. A haircut and a good bath at regular intervals will help keep your pet’s coat nice and healthy and can help to control the amount of dander that you are exposed to.
Did you know that insects are one of the most common and unknown indoor allergy triggers? Most people who have pests in their home don’t even know they are there! The most common insects to cause allergies are cockroaches and stinging insects--neither of which are easy to handle on your own. The saliva, feces, and shedding body parts of roaches can exacerbate allergies and asthma, causing the following side effects:
- Nasal congestion
Don't Let Pests Aggravate Your Allergies
To eliminate pests from your list of potential allergy triggers, consider signing up for a routine pest control service. Terminix Triad can help eliminate any current infestations you have while preventing new ones from occurring with continuous inspections and treatment. Don’t let household pests aggravate your allergies this spring!