Plant Allergies

 Common Plant Allergies: Reactions and Symptoms From Plants in Adults and Children.

Spring, Summer, or Fall, it really doesn't matter when it comes to allergies. 

Many times the late Summer and early Fall are the worst times for ragweed allergies and tree pollen allergy. I remember living in Richmond, VA. In in the Spring I'd go outside and notice my car was covered in a thick yellow sheet of pollen. Early Spring was my worst time for allergies.

Plant pollen allergy symptoms in the south are pretty bad, as is the Northwest when we lived in Oregon. Trees, weeds, and plants know no limits when it comes time to share their bounty of pollen. When your body is hit with an allergen it views this as a threat. You system starts to produce chemicals and histamines and reacts to this invader. These are the symptoms that you feel. 

The term "pollen counts" is the number of pollen grains in the air in a 24 hour period.

Plant Allergies Symptoms

With the normal runny nose comes:

  • Sneezing
  • Sniffling
  • Congestion (nose and chest)
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Puffy red eyes
  • Itchy throat and nose
  • Hives
  • Severe cases can lead to an allergy induced asthma 

The easiest way to get some seasonal allergy relief is to reduce your exposure to plant allergens. Go into each room and give it a good once-over, perhaps once a month, or more, depending on your unique situation.

Clean very well. Move tables, chairs, beds, bookcases (if possible) and anything else that may make your plant allergies flare up. Clean with a wet rag and dry completely. Vacuum carpets or clean hard flooring with a damp rag. Remember to get all the corners. Get your vacuum extension and clean up the corners of the walls. Remember the ceiling fan blades and on top of the doors.

More House Cleaning Tips

  • Clean your area rugs outside
  • Clean your walls from top to bottom every month
  • Dust with microfiber cloths. DO NOT use an old fashion feather duster. They look cool in movies but they're terribly inefficient.
  • Get rid of extra pillows on the sofa, cloth tablecloths, etc... If you're in the market for a sofa or chair, consider leather as a good alternative to cloth. 
  • Keep your air conditioner filter clean. Replace once per month.
  • Keep your closet clean
  • Keep your pets groomed
  • Minimize. Reduce the amount of knick-knacks and "stuff". The more stuff you have the more pollen and dust will accumulate and the more you'll need to clean.
  • Remove clutter from floor
  • Replace your pillow every 6 months
  • Store unused clothes, blankets, pillows, etc... in plastic bags
  • Sweep the floors every other day
  • Take off shoes at the door 
  • Thoroughly vacuum all carpet in the room and house 3 - 4 times per week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
  • Turn the house fan on while cleaning. The airborne dust will go right into the filter.
  • Use a doormat
  • Use a HEPA air purifier
  • Use allergy-free pillow cases and bedding
  • Use caulk to seal cracks around doors and windows. Dust can get into the house through the smallest of holes.
  • Vacuum upholstery and curtains
  • Wash your sheets, blankets, comforters and pillow cases once per week in hot water and dry them
  • Wipe the window blinds with a damp rag
  • Wipe your TV, stereo, computer, and all electronics down with a dryer sheet. This decreases the static electricity in those units and lessens the amount of dust buildup.
  • Change out the cabin air filter in your car
  • Wash your clothes in hot water and thoroughly dry
  • Wash pet bedding once per week in hot water and thoroughly dry 
  • Neil-Med nasal irrigation
  • Ask your doctor about sublingual immunotherapy

You can always talk to your doctor or allergist about your plant allergies. Tests can be done to ensure you get the relief you need.

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