Combating Intense Pollen Levels This Season
(Photo by Todd Sumlin, The Charlotte Observer via AP)
It’s springtime again which means the regularly scheduled pollen is out and your allergies are acting up. If your allergies seem significantly worse this year, it’s probably because they are. Pollen levels are extremely high in the southeast region of the U.S. this season.
Find out your region’s pollen levels with the National Allergy Map.
In North Carolina, specifically the Raleigh area, pollen levels are averaging an 11 out of 12 rank for severity. The main antagonists: Maple and Juniper. Two different species of trees and shrubs, classified as severe and labeled as the top allergens in Raleigh. Very fine particles are released from these plants and carried through the air by wind collecting along the window sills and doorways of your home.
You may not be able to control the pollen outside of your home, but there are steps you can take to prevent the pollen build up indoors.
Simple Strategy for Reducing Pollen:
- Keep windows and doors shut. This is pretty self explanatory.
- Run the air conditioner within your home to circulate the air inside rather than pull it from outside.
- Regularly wash clothes and towels that have been exposed to pollen outside, and use the dryer when possible as this kills off other allergens.
- Wash your hair at night to prevent pollen from entering your sheets and making contact with your pillow. Also, try to limit the use of gel or mouse as these products trap pollen.
- Vitamin C prevents the histamines released in your body when exposed to allergens from forming at all. It reduces inflammation by balancing immune system responses. It is also beneficial to eat foods with natural antihistamines such as citrus, apples, garlic and onions.
If these preventative solutions do not work, there are several actions to take depending on the severity of allergy problems within your home.
Tougher Tactics for Eliminating Allergens:
- For high-efficiency homes it’s a good idea to use an air filtration system such as Accuclean which removes 99.96% of dust particles and allergens indoors. This includes pollen but also smoke, musty odors, lingering food smells, pet odors, and potential airborne bacteria.
- If unsure of the number of allergens within your home, contact a specialist to come out and assess your indoor air quality. This is especially important if members of your household have severe allergy problems, respiratory or asthma issues.
See how the Accuclean provided relief for Ultimate Home owners Tim and Theresa (1:45).