Springtime. For some people, it’s a time to soak up the warmer weather and explore the great outdoors. For others however, springtime means the onslaught of runny noses, sneezing, sore throats and itchy eyes.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention:
- 6 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with hay fever in the past 12 months
- 6 million children have reported having hay fever in the past 12 months
- 1 million people have visited a physician’s office to be primary diagnosed with allergic rhinitis
If you only suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re one of the lucky ones. The most common allergen is grass pollen, which peaks around May-July, hence the notion of spring allergies. Perennial allergic rhinitis, meaning allergy symptoms last all year, are a lot harder to avoid.
The causes of such allergies are usually in the form of dust mites, pet dander and mold – often common features of many homes. It can be extremely hard to manage the air quality in your own home. Avoidance is said to be the best treatment for allergies, but when it comes to the home, this is easier said than done.
Thankfully, the solution to staying on top of your allergies doesn’t lie in a complete home renovation. There are plenty of healthy habits that you can practice to avoid mold growth, limit outdoor pollution and pollen and keep you and your family healthy and happy.
Of course, the effectiveness of the tips below will depend on the type of allergy you have. But whether you, or a loved one, is a sufferer of allergies – identifying, eliminating and avoiding the triggers is your best solution. Check out the infographic below for more advice on how to make your home more allergy-friendly.
Source: Allergy Cosmos