Tips For Indoor Prevention
Inside Hay Fever Prevention MethodsHay fever is an allergy to pollen and, as such, most people’s symptoms are worst when venturing outdoors during spring and summer. For some people the problem is grass pollen, and for others it’s particular flowers or trees. They all cause problems at different times of year, meaning that hay fever sufferers often try to stay behind closed doors on days when the pollen count is high.
Staying Indoors to Prevent Hay Fever SymptomsIt can be irritating to be stuck inside when everyone else is outside in the sunshine having a great time – especially for children. But there’s no doubt about it, it’s often the lesser of two evils and a day inside with a carpet picnic can beat a day out in the fields with a runny nose and sore eyes. But, of course, pollen is carried on the air, and air gets inside the home too.
A key thing to remember is to keep your doors and windows shut. The pollen count gets higher towards the middle of the day, so if you keep everything shut from the early part of the day, the pollen won’t get a chance to invade. Of course, if we’re lucky enough to have a warm and sunny summer, closing all the windows can leave you feeling hot and bothered. If you’re fortunate enough to have air conditioning (which many people do at work, if not at home), try to use that to keep cool instead. If you’re at home, try taking a cool shower instead. There is an added benefit to this, apart from dialling down the temperature. If you have come in from outside, you may well have pollen sticking to your hair and skin. A cool shower will send it all spinning down the drain and out of harms way.
Washing frequently is a particularly good idea for children who suffer from hay fever. Wash their face and hands whenever they come in from playing outside and give them a bath and hair wash before bed. This should aid sleep considerably if your child has a tendency to night-time snuffles.
As well as washing your skin and hair, spare a thought for keeping your home spic and span too. Vacuum frequently to stop pollen accumulating. Dusting is important too. But don’t just use a dry duster – you’ll only waft the pollen around – dampen your cloth first, to make sure the pollen gets taken up and stays up.