Sniffly nose? Itchy skin? Sneezing all over the place?
Yep, it’s that time of year again. Spring is the worst time for a hay fever sufferer, and according to scientists, this year is one of the worst yet; with the pollen count being particularly high, as a hay fever sufferer you’re probably very uncomfortable.
Why so much pollen?
Some scientists have put the high pollen count down to the high precipitation over winter, whilst the other school of thought is that the trees have released their pollen earlier than usual due to its relatively early start.
Although there’s nothing anyone can do about the pollen outside, you are in control of the amount of pollen that enters your home and hence can at least experience some relief!
Here are some ways that you can reduce your discomfort and pollen proof your home as much as possible:
Bolt those windows
What’s the best way to keep the pollen out? Keep those windows firmly shut! Although it may be getting warmer, a little heat is a small price to pay for clear, comfortable nasal passages! You will of course need to keep your house ventilated; a stuffy, warm house is not a great thing to come home to after a long hard day at work…
You can do this by simply buying a fan, or if you want to go the whole hog, you can install a small air conditioning unit in the bedrooms and main sitting room. Another option is to install electric HEPA filters into your windows. Although these may seem like extreme measures, it is a relatively small job and once you’ve done it you’ll have use of the new installations for life!
Ditch Outdoor Clothing
On returning home, take your shoes off at the door and remove all outdoor items of clothing such as jackets or hats which may well have excess pollen stuck to them.
It’s a good idea to have a shower and wash your hair when you enter your house as not only does this get rid of the pollen on your skin and in your hair, it also gives you a chance to change the clothes you’ve been wearing outside and put on fresh, clean, pollen-free ones!
Furthermore, a quick shower before bed is not only refreshing but also necessary for hay fever sufferers; the last place you want to be transferring pollen to is your pillowcase! Heavy breathing in your sleep and lying down means that hay fever symptoms will worsen if you’re exposed to pollen in your sleep; this is likely to lead to an awful night and even more awful day ahead!
As well as freshening up with a shower you can also buy a nasal wash to rinse your nostrils with in order to ensure that no pollen whatsoever will get on your pillowcase – hence keeping your eyes, ears and nostrils clear of pollen for the night.
Put the Duster to Work
Last but by no means least, it’s hugely important for hay fever sufferers to dust often, and dust well!
Get yourself a clean dust cloth and some spray cleaner and make your way from the tops of shelves and surfaces downwards – then clean the floor. This is because dust from your higher surfaces will end up on the floor when you clean them, hence cleaning the floor last will get rid of every last trace.
Fortunately, pollen particles are quite large in general and tend to settle on the floor; the best way to remove them is to get a damp dust cloth and wipe the floor down using long large strokes. Depending on how big your floor surface is, you might want to swap the damp dust cloth to a fresh one once it gets saturated with dust to avoid spreading it around further.
Run the Vacuum
If you have carpets, bad news; pollen can often get stuck in the treads especially if the carpet is thick – so grab yourself a hoover and have at it!
Be sure to vacuum at least once a day to keep pollen at bay!