Spring is beautiful, but it’s also a key time of the year for seasonal allergies. As plants release pollen, millions of Australians with hay fever start to sniffle and sneeze. This may seem normal, but the National Asthma Council Australia warns a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and breathing difficulties in spring can be far more serious. While there may be no real cure for springtime allergies, medication and household habits like spring cleaning can help.
The number one spring allergy trigger is pollen. Your immune system sees pollen as a danger, so releases antibodies to attack the allergens. This leads to histamines entering your blood, triggering your runny nose, watery eyes and other symptoms.
A visit to your regular doctor may help. They will probably tell you to take antihistamines. If that doesn’t help, you may need to go to an allergist for tests to discover what you’re allergic to.
Survival Tips for Sufferers
Apart from taking antihistamines, avoiding pollen as much as possible is the best solution:
• Stay indoors when the pollen count is very high. The counts usually peak in the mornings.
• Keep your doors and windows closed during the spring months to keep allergens out. An air purifier may also help.
• Change your clothes and wash your hair after going outside, because the allergen can collect there.
• Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen (and mould and dust) trapped in your carpet.
• Clean the air filters in your home regularly. Clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect.
Kristine Whorlow, CEO of the National Asthma Council Australia, says that spring cleaning can also help reduce exposure to allergen triggers.
However, a proper spring clean can be strenuous and difficult, so getting expert help is a great idea. Most spring cleaning experts provide a complete sterilized cleaning service that removes collected dirt, germs and dust on every surface of your living space. They deliver a fresh, clean, beautiful home much quicker than you could do it yourself.
When you’re looking to hire, don’t just check that the company uses state-of-the-art machinery to clean your house: ensure that the procedures and products they use are time-tested, verified and harmless.
If you suffer from hay fever, you will get extra benefit from regular cleans – choose a weekly, fortnightly or monthly spring cleaning service to keep pollen from settling and building up, triggering your allergies. When you hire a cleaning team, tell them you get hay fever and ensure they concentrate on leaving your carpet, windows and other surfaces free of dust and pollen.
At GSR Cleaning Services, we know how allergies and asthma can ruin one of the most pleasant times of the year. That’s why we pay attention to the procedures and products we use for spring cleaning – we’ll minimize your sniffling and sneezing with our expert service.