What to do with Spring and Hay Fever Coming to Australia
Spring cleaning is something that has been a tradition to many homes, or sometimes can be seen as a huge hassle. But with the oncoming hay fever season quoted to be the “absolute worst!” hayfever season ever to hit Australians, it’s time to glove up, buckle down and get cleaning!
The main attributor to the oncoming bad hay fever (aka allergic rhinitis) season is due to the recent winter rains!
What causes hay fever?
Before we can get down to the nit and gritty of how to stop hay fever, you need to understand what it really is. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollens, dust mite, moulds and animal hair. These allergens are completely airborne and can cause huge amounts of headache and stress.
Although the large majority of people who are affected by hay fever do not consult medical practitioners, if you are in the rare situation where it’s causing you disturbing amounts of pain on an extremely regular basis, it’s recommend that you consult with a medical professional seeking further advice on how to prevent or at least minimize the effects of hay fever.
Hay fever is simply your immune sytem detecting a harmless substances and thinking that it is a harmful one and ultimately releasing certain chemicals to prevent those from continually happening! Its symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy ears, watery eyes and headaches! These symptoms are meant to protect your body either by trapping and expelling the allergen or by swelling body areas, such as your nose so that the allergen / pollen can’t enter anymore.
Hay fever is mostly a trait that you inherit from your parents. People with asthma or eczema are more likely to have hay fever as opposed to those that don’t have it. About one-third of those with hay fever also have at least a mild sense of allergic asthma.
What should you clean?
Don’t be a hoarder, start with veto’ing items that you don’t need. Clean out all those items that you’ve kept for years and thought to yourself that “might be needed in the future”. Get the bin ready and make sure you’ve applied to the council for a pass to remove hard waste!
Let’s be honest here, it’s not needed and just collecting dust that’s just going to add into the dismay of the oncoming hay fever season, avoid the sneezes and be good to your nose and your house!
What first though? There’s so much to clean!
Cleaning is often underrated and there’s a reason why Spring Cleaning.
A good place to start is the rooms that you spend the most time in. To prevent any hay fever symptoms during the clean, make sure to wear a mask and / or protective eye gear to stop allergens getting into your eyes.
Start with your bedroom.
- Change your bedsheets
- Clean the furnishing (cabinets, chairs & wardrobes)
- Gives the walls a good wipe down to make sure there’s no lingering dust
- Vacuum / mop your floors! This is a big one, dust can collect in the nooks and crannies of your room
Then move into other rooms in your house.
Rinse and repeat with your living room, kitchen and bathrooms to hay fever proof your entire house.
Remember what we said earlier about it being an inherited trait? You’re doing this for the rest of your family as well as yourself! Get cleaning!
How else can we prepare ourselves?
If you get it really, really bad. Just stay indoors on windy / bad pollen days.
Keep your windows closed, doors closed, remove some or all carpets and unnecessary furnishings like throw pillows. Use synthetic pillows and encase mattresses in allergy-free covers. Wash clothing often. Keep pets out of bedrooms.
Don’t get confused with air purifiers, studies have shown that these air purifiers have little to no effect on helping you with allergens.
Keep your car air-conditioner in check. You clean your house, so why not make sure your car is clean too! If you’re on the road all the time and spend a large majority of time in the car make sure you take the time (before hay fever really hits) to make sure it’s allergen free!
Be aware of the pollen count, make sure that you get information from the TV, radio or local newspapers of days when pollen counts are highest to avoid and minimalise your time exposed to airborne allergens.
Choose low pollen days for any types of outdoor work, this includes gardening or any outdoor projects that you may have lined up.
Keep away from parks and grassy areas when pollen counts are very high.
Keep eye drops close to you, to ensure that your eyes are moisturized. This will help to sooth them and clear them of any pollen / allergens.
Get into the habit of wearing protective eye gear as this lowers the risk of pollen entering your eyes and causing your eyes to swell up.
When you’re preparing to vacuum your house, make sure that your vacuum cleaning bag has been recently replaced.
If you’re a smoke or around smokers, lower the consumption rate or stop all together as this increases hay fever symptoms.
Pets are a huge commonality among those with strong hay fever symptons. This is because pets bring pollen and other allergens into the house. If you’re bringing them indoors, it’s recommend to wash them or wipe them down before they get into the house!
Use products such as Vaseline to sooth your eyes and nose. They can also act as a deterrent when placed inside the edges of your nostrils as it stops pollen from getting through.
Finally, if nothing works and it’s absolutely imperative for you to head out, then consult a medical professional with regards to hay fever medication. Some types of medication that are available include anti-histamines in the form of tablets and nasal sprays.
I don’t have the time to clean everything!
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