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10 Tips to Help You Survive Hay Fever

Summer Allergy Survival Guide
By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology



Many people are affected by hay fever—a condition in which a person has itchy eyes, nose, throat, or skin, congestion, sneezing, and a cough due to allergens in the air. Hay fever can be a nuisance, interrupting focus on school, work, outdoor activities, and sleep patterns. While you can’t avoid all allergens that cause hay fever, there are ways to help curb the symptoms. Here are 10 ways to help those suffering from hay fever.

 

  1. Wear glasses or sunglasses outside. This can help keep pollens and other allergens out from your eyes, reducing itchiness. 
  2. Close your doors. Close doors and windows during pollen season and on days where the allergen count is high.
  3. Don’t leave clothes hanging. Pollen and allergens can stick to clothes and towels when they are hung to dry outside.
  4. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioning. These will help lower the humidity level where mold can grow and allergens can thrive.
  5. “Mite-Proof” your bedroom. Dust mites are a well-known cause of hay fever. Use “mite-proof” pillowcases, blankets, sheets, and bedding. Don’t forget to wash these items frequently on the hottest setting.
  6. Wear a mask. You can wear a dust mask outside, especially if you have to rake leaves or cut the grass.
  7. Keep Scruffy clean. Keep pets outside as much as possible. If they must be inside, keep them out of the bedroom and make sure to wash them at least once a week.
  8. Avoid the fans. Avoid using window fans. They can draw mold, pollen, and other allergens into the house.
  9. Mop it up. Use a damp mop to clean the floors instead of dry-dusting or sweeping. It’s also a good idea to have hard flooring (wood, linoleum, tile) instead of carpet.
  10. Keep out roaches. Make sure to fix any leaks, wash dirty dishes, and empty garbage to keep cockroaches out of your home. Their droppings can spark hay fever symptoms.

 

If these tips and tricks aren’t enough, talk with your DMG doctor. There are medications that can help relieve symptoms.



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