Here are little things you can do every day to reduce allergy symptoms.
Plan your day
Base your activities on the forecast. Stay indoors on dry, windy days. A great time to run out is after rain has cleared away pollen.
Change your clothes
If you've worn it outside, don't wear it inside. That way you avoid spreading allergens around your home.
Give it a rinse
Nasal irrigation or washing of the nasal cavity and nostrils with saline solution can be done daily to help promote healthy sinuses.
Keep pets off the bed
Keep your pets out of your bedroom and especially off of your bed to help reduce their allergic effects.
Keep pets off the couch
Allergens in the air can be reduced by keeping pets out of bedrooms, dens, or living rooms with upholstered furniture.
Bring your own covers
If you're allergic to dust mites, consider bringing your own allergen-proof pillows and covers.
Choosing the right room
When choosing rooms in a hotel, request a sunny, dry room away from indoor pools and one that is pet-free.
Close the windows
Keep your windows closed to help keep allergens on the outside. If it gets warm, use an air-conditioner.
Take off your shoes
Leave your shoes at the front door to avoid tracking dust and allergens into the home.
Filter your air
Consider using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter wherever you spend a lot of time, especially your bedroom.
Vacuum and filter
A vacuum equipped with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will help reduce allergens in the air.
Wash your pets
Washing your pets regularly can significantly reduce the amount of allergens. Consider a pet shampoo designed to neutralize allergens.
Hot wash, hot dry
Once a week, wash bedding in hot water and dry it in a hot dryer.
Clean the cage
Waste is a source of allergens from rabbits, hamsters, mice, and guinea pigs. Cage cleaning should be done by a non-allergic family member.
Clear the mold
If you find mold on a hard surface, clean it up with water and detergent and let it air dry completely.
Dehumidify and clean
You can reduce moisture in damp basements with dehumidifiers, but make sure to empty the water and keep units clean.
Travel with your medicine
Carry on your allergy medicine when traveling. Remember, it is best to have original packaging when passing through security.
Know when to leave
Outdoor air pollution can make symptoms worse. Consider traveling in the early morning or late evening when air quality is usually better.
Camp with a plan
Avoid camping during high allergen seasons and always pack your medications. Always keep medicine out of the reach of children.
Don't mow or rake
Mowing lawns and raking leaves can stir up pollen and mold. If you must, protect your nose and eyes.
Don't line dry
Avoiding hanging sheets and clothes outside to dry. You'll end up capturing unwanted allergens and bringing them into the house.
Chores then out the door
During housework, wear a mask to protect yourself from allergens. Afterwards, leave the house to avoid allergens you may have stirred up.
Wash surfaces regularly
Use single-wipe dust rags and damp mops to clean. If you use cleaning rags, wash them in hot water after every use.
Choose your pet wisely
Get pet allergy testing before you choose a pet.
Get out of town
Consider taking a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea.