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Thursday, June 8, 2017

5 Tips for Coping with Summer Allergies

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If you live in Dallas, you are well aware that allergens are causing havoc throughout the metro. We enjoy a relatively nice climate, but the downside is that various plants bloom throughout the year and trigger seasonal allergies.  As a fellow Texan in the DFW metro, let me share 5 allergy tips that have helped our family.

1. Consult your doctor and take medication throughout allergy season. 

I know that "consult a doctor" sounds generic, but I think that it is important because we found that different medications have different affects on each of us. You may even find that siblings respond differently to a medication. If you try an allergy medication that doesn't seem to work well for you, work with your doctor to see if a different one works better. 

2. Use an air purifier that fits your space and that uses HEPA filters. 

My allergist told me that not all air purifiers are created equally, but to look for an air purifier that uses HEPA filters.  I did a lot of research and came to find a brand with really good reviews. The brand is Oreck and it has been a trusted household name for the past 60 years. Personally, we are currently using their air purifier called the Oreck Air Response Air Purifier.  

The Oreck Air Response Air Purifier comes in three sizes. We use the large size because it is used in our main living area.  There are a few reasons that my husband and I really like this air purifier:

  • The DustSense Technology automatically monitors, detects, and responds to particles in the air, improving air quality even when we aren't home, are sleeping, or just busy doing everyday things.
  • The 2-Stage Filtration System uses HEPA Media filters to capture 99% of particles in the air, including dust, dirt, allergy causing pollen, pet dander, and mold; the carbon filter traps unwanted and offensive odors.   The HEPA filters were important to us since my doctor told me to look for an air purifier that uses HEPA filters. I then read reviews and found some positive comments.
  • The Air Quality Indicator Bar lets you know that the Air Response is working at a level commensurate with the room's air quality.
  • The Silence Technology is great, especially for me since I am often sleep deprived thanks to my baby that doesn't sleep well at night yet. I really appreciate that this technology is quiet!

3. Check your local pollen forecast.
Minimizing allergen exposure is helpful. Check pollen.com for the local pollen forecast in your area. For instance, grass pollens are particularly problematic for me, so staying indoors as much as possible on medium and high pollen days is helpful.  In addition, if I do need to go outside, I head straight for the shower when I get home. I also wear a new outfit after my shower. 

4. Avoid fragrance, fumes, or odors.
I used to love wearing fragrance.  It never occurred to me that fragrances were making my allergies worse until my allergist pointed this out. I would take scented bubble baths, generously apply scented lotion, and spray fragrance on myself. Eliminating fragrance has been helpful. I rarely use fragrance anymore since I realize that it has an impact on my allergies.

5. Run the a/c to help filter the air in your car.

Life has to go on despite allergies.  Personally, I have to drive places even if I have allergies.  Running the a/c in my car helps because this filters the air in the car.

I hope that these tips help those of you that are suffering from allergies.  We have lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro for several years.  Our first couple of years were the worst in terms of allergies, but then I learned the tips above and we have felt much better.  Let's hope for some low-pollen days soon!

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