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Saturday, May 2, 2020

5 Tips for Summer Allergies in Texas and Beyond

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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 a humidifier.
As someone who has suffered from allergies for decades, I learned a long time ago to sleep with a humidifier. Non-Texans may not realize that the Dallas/Fort Worth metro actually has low humidity during some parts of the year. Plus, my a/c makes the air in our home dryer.  I am prone to sinus infections when the air is dry. Using a humidifier helps my body to have a much easier time during allergy season.  

There are many humidifiers out there. My children and I use Crane filter-free ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers. I use the Crane Droplet Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier in my bedroom and my children use the Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier that comes in a variety of adorable animals.  Let me tell you why I chose the models that we use.  

First, the filter-free feature is a big deal to me. We use our humidifiers for most of the year and I dread swapping out old disgusting humidifier filters. A filter-free humidifier is easier to maintain. Plus, the Crane humidifiers that I mentioned include an antimicrobial material in the base is proven to help reduce mold and bacteria growth up to 99.96%* and are easy to clean.  I wipe them down weekly and find that it's a quick and easy task. A second reason that I chose these specific humidifiers is that they use ultrasonic cool mist technology. This type of humidifier rapidly vibrates the water into small particles.  It's great for allergy sufferers like me.

Now let me share a couple of differences between the humidifiers that my children and I use when we sleep because they are tailored to each of us. The Crane Droplet Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier in my bedroom covers everything on my checklist above, plus I really like that it has three output settings and a 360-degree mist nozzle.  It uses a half gallon tank that runs up to 15 hours.  

My humidifier is also compatible with the Crane non-medicated vapor pads which provide natural, soothing relief for congestion. The vapor pads come in varieties such as lavender or menthol, peppermint oil, and spearmint oil.  If you haven't tried the vapor pads, they are a game changer during allergy season! I find them incredibly soothing for congestion.

My children use the Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.  They have the ladybug, but it also comes in many other adorable animal styles that your children may love.  This model is awesome for medium size rooms and has been amazing, especially for my youngest son who needs the extra moisture to help with coughs and sinus irritation that is otherwise caused by dry air. If he doesn't sleep with the humidifier on, it's very noticeable and I feel really bad for him because he has a tough time with his sinuses and coughing. 

The other nice thing about this particular model is that it has a one gallon tank and runs for up to 24 hours. My son sleeps for approximately 10 hours/day and also plays in his room a lot.  It's nice to keep it running for so long without having to refill it again until evening. It also has an auto-shut off feature in case I forget to refill it.

My youngest son is a light sleeper.  This humidifier is whisper quiet and makes it easy for him to fall asleep.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, these filter-free humidifiers are low maintenance and easy to clean. As you see below, it's very easy to clean.

3. Use an air purifier with good reviews that fits your space. 
As a long time allergy sufferer, I have several air purifiers that use HEPA filters in our home.  Each of our family members have one in their bedrooms. We also keep them in our family room and office. Look for an air purifier with HEPA filters because you want to make sure that the air purifier will filter pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.

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. 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. 

I hope that these tips help those of you who 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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