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Tips for Spring Allergy Relief


| 5/20/2014 8:47:00 AM


The arrival of spring for many of us signals a return to the garden and hiking trails. Unfortunately, for some, it also signals the return of seasonal allergy symptoms. Pollen counts are currently at medium to high levels in most of the United States. Tree pollens, such as birch, ash, maple and oak, are especially prevalent now, becoming airborne and leaving a noticeable layer of pollen dust on cars and waterways. Humidity levels are also on the rise, boosting dust mite populations and mold growth.

When pollen grains, dust mite droppings or mold spores enter the nose of someone who is allergic, it can trigger a strong reaction. The immune system mistakes the pollen for an invader and an immune reaction is triggered, causing a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and other symptoms.

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Tips for Spring Allergy Relief

Many allergy medications, such as antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants, have side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness and stomach problems. Some allergy sufferers find relief from natural treatments, such as stinging nettle, a neti pot, and quercetin. 

Many allergy sufferers stay cooped up in their homes during times of high pollen counts with the windows closed. Window fans—although energy efficient—are not recommended because they bring more pollen into the home. You may have the urge to air out your home in the spring; however, this is not recommended for allergy sufferers unless a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) is used.



Some allergy sufferers have found relief from symptoms using an HRV. Unlike air purifiers that filter air in one room, the HRV system filters the intake air coming into the entire home before dispersing it. The filters can remove many common allergens, including pollen, dust, and even pet hair, in addition to regulating humidity levels, therefore preventing mold and mildew issues while keeping dust mite populations down. The HRV filters are most effective when cleaned or replaced periodically, which is why it is important to have a system where the filters are easy to access for optimum maintenance.



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