Ragweed Allergy: Common Seasonal Allergies Hayfever Relief & Treatment.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis can sometimes be attributed to Ambrosia. The name sounds nice but if you're part of the 30% of Americans that suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, it can be a miserable name.
Also called hay fever, it's the rise of allergy levels in Fall that's released from ragweed pollen. When the pollen hits your body, your immune system goes into hyper-drive. It views these allergens as a threat and will do everything in its power to rid itself of this unwanted invader.
Your body releases histamines and other chemicals. This is the affect you feel and is called allergy hay fever symptoms.
Ragweed Allergy Signs
With the normal runny nose comes:
- Congestion (nose and chest)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Puffy red eyes
- Itchy throat and nose
- Severe cases can lead to an asthma attack
In most parts of the country ragweed pollen start in August and ends in the middle of October.
Go into each room and give it a good once-over, perhaps once a month. Really good. Move tables, chairs, beds, bookcases (if possible) and anything else that may harbor pollen. Clean it 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.
28 More House Cleaning & Allergy 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
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You can always talk to your doctor or allergist about your ragweed allergy. Tests can be done to ensure you get the relief you need.
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