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Defend Yourself Against Spring Allergy Season

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  • 5 years ago

With all of the excitement surrounding the exile of winter and the welcome of spring, certain unpleasantries of spring often get forgotten. Spring can be one of the worst times of year for those who suffer from allergies.

Allergies affect each person differently. Some people can survive with a simple allergy pill and a box of tissues while others may experience more severe reactions. The trouble with spring is that everything that laid dormant for the winter months has suddenly come to life and is ready to attack.


Dust is a big allergen around spring time. As most people spend a significant amount of time preparing their house for summer with the traditional “spring cleaning” sessions, dust is stirred and blown through the house. This can cause serious allergic reactions for some people. If you react negatively to dust, it’s best to have someone else do the clean sweep of the house while you are not home.

Plants and Pollen

Spring is also time for rebirth in plant life. Although it’s a beautiful natural miracle to witness it can be traumatizing for those who suffer from plant allergies. Reactions can be mild or severe depending on the person. Some people suffer so badly from plant allergens that going outside is insufferable. For those who have an extremely difficult time coping with spring allergies it is recommended to see your doctor to help find a medication that will make the season easier to cope with.


Although we may all sneeze and cough when dust is in the air, the effects can be worse for some. Hives is a possible allergic reaction which can also range from mild to severe. Hives can be caused by a number of different things, and sometimes the cause is impossible to pinpoint. It is possible to undergo allergy testing but even then, it’s not a guarantee to catch everything that your body will react to. Hives can be dangerous if a serious attack is brought on and medical attention should immediately be sought. For possibly more frequent but milder cases seeing a skin expert will be your best defence.

What’s worse is when the allergens not only bother you when you are outside but when you are relaxing indoors as well. A good quality humidifier, whether at home or in an industrial office space, can help purify the air and provide better indoor air quality for your health.

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