Clever Ways to Tackle Seasonal Allergies

Got itchy, watery eyes? Got a runny nose? Got a scratchy throat? Sounds like allergy season. Allergens can often be found in places you don’t often think about looking. While it may be impossible to avoid allergens, you can at least manage them with these tips.

  1. Download an App to Track Pollen Count: Being plagued with seasonal allergies can be a hassle and staying inside all the time is nearly impossible. So, when it comes to stepping outside, several apps can come in handy when it comes to providing you with information about the pollen count in your area.
  2. WebMD Allergy App: this app gives you the pollen count of many different allergens. You can also log your symptoms on what exactly triggers your allergies and set alert notifications for those high-pollen days. It also offers in-depth information about allergens.
  3. Allergy Alert App: This has many of the same features as the WebMD Allergy App but it works with Ford Sync so you can use it while driving.
  4. Face Mask: While the mask-wearing days of COVID are behind us, face masks are especially helpful when air quality isn’t great so consider wearing a face mask when going outdoors.
  5. Change Your HVAC Filters: One of the best defenses against seasonal allergies inside of your home is your HVAC filter. These filters come with a rating system called a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) scale. The MERV scale rates the efficiency of the filter on a scale of 1 to 20. The higher the number, the better the filter works meaning cleaner air for you. Filters that are on the higher end of the scale can be more expensive, but your sinuses will be much happier because of it. These filters can last 6-8 years. If you choose to go for a disposable filter, make sure to change it monthly if you live in a particularly dusty area. Otherwise, you should be good at changing your filter every 3 months.
  6. Cleaning Your Mattress: According to the American Council on Science and Health, your mattress can have tens of millions of dust mites on it. Don’t freak out! Don’t go burning your mattress! There are ways to give it a good clean during this allergy season. Every six months, strip your bed and vacuum it by using the hose attachment. A regular vacuum can do a good job but if you want to get your mattress extra clean, a handheld vacuum or hose attachment will do the trick.

When it comes to allergy season, these tips are a great starting point. If you have further questions, contact your doctor or an allergy specialist. Contact a LIG agent today to speak to one of our licensed professionals to make sure you have the right coverage for you.

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