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Tips for Combating Allergies

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Spring is a wonderful time of year. The icy chill of winter fades, flowers bloom, trees begin to bud, and the sun brings warmer, comfortable temps.

But for many people, this change in season also brings about irritated eyes, runny noses, and general congestion – the telltale signs of allergies. These annoying symptoms can range from the occasional sneeze, right down to triggering bigger colds or flu. As we get older, the dangers of allergies can increase, and with the current Coronavirus pandemic gripping the world, combating allergies becomes a very important consideration. Here are some tips you can implement to help minimize any allergic effects as the weather warms up.

  1. Close your windows. While it is absolutely tempting and comfortable to have your windows and doors open on a warm spring day, do so in small intervals, if at all. During heavy pollen season, these particles can get inside your home and continually affect you, so keep the open windows to a minimum.
  2. Do your laundry more frequently. When you return home from a lengthy time outside, change into a clean set of clothes that won’t have any potential allergens attached, and wash your old ones right away. Wash your bedding at least every other week as well, to minimize the accumulation of dust mites, pollen and other organisms that thrive in warmer weather.
  3. Clean the air. It’s a good idea to invest in a HEPA air purifier, if you can, to effectively filter out dangerous airborne particles. This will help you breathe easier and eliminate potentially harmful material from causing allergic reactions to your eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
  4. Maintain the landscape. A well-kept lawn not only looks great, but it harbors less pollen and allergens from trees, flowers and bushes too. Mowing and trimming can temporarily stir-up these organisms however, so having help or someone maintain your landscape for you can be beneficial and keep you out of harms way.
  5. Know what bothers you. If you tend to have allergic reactions but haven’t been properly tested for specific allergies, it’s something to consider. That way, your healthcare professional can administer the proper treatment, if necessary.

An assisted living community like Heritage Woods has programs and services like these already in place to help keep your allergies in check, contributing greatly to the quality of life you and your loved ones enjoy. For more information, visit our website or call 815-787-6500.

Heritage Woods of DeKalb

2626 N. Annie Glidden Rd

DeKalb, IL 60115