You know the feeling. Just as you begin to enjoy the spring weather, your allergies kick in. And when that happens, the last thing you want to do is spend time outdoors.
So, it’s natural for you to retreat indoors for a few days. However, there’s no guarantee this will bring the relief you’re seeking. That’s because pollen has a way of makings its way into your home.
Here are some steps you can take to keep pollen outdoors this spring:
• Change your clothes upon entering your home: If you spend time outdoors, pollen will collect on your clothes. Then, if you don’t change them, it’ll transfer to your furniture, bed, carpet, and other areas.
• Clean your air filter: Set a schedule for regularly changing your air filter. This will go a long way in keeping pollen from circulating in the ductwork, through your home.
• Vacuum often: As a general rule of thumb, get into the habit of vacuuming your carpet two to three times per week. Along with this, wash hard surfaces—such as tile and hardwood—to avoid pollen build-up.
Yes, it’s time-consuming. And yes, you’d rather not live with a pollen allergy. However, taking the steps above is much better than loading medicine into your body and hoping for the best.
Let us know if you have any other tips or tricks for keeping pollen outdoors during the spring months.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.