Spring is just around the corner in Central Pennsylvania, despite this week’s cold snap. According to the experts, it could be a particularly difficult season for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Over 40 million Americans who are used to dealing with spring allergies know that the middle to end of March means the start of runny noses, watery eyes, and other uncomfortable allergy symptoms. Much different from last year, we are having an extremely mild winter with temperatures much above average. These above-average temperatures may kick off the allergy season earlier than normal this year and could pack quite a punch to allergy sufferers in Central Pennsylvania.
Oftentimes, the only way for an allergy sufferer to get relief in the Spring is to stock up on allergy pills and nasal sprays in an effort to minimize the suffering. Asthma sufferers are even worse off than the average seasonal allergic person… Because early Spring is typically the worst for allergy sufferers, doctors recommend asthmatics begin using their prescribed medications well before spring and spring allergy season begins.
For those seasonal allergy sufferers who are not given relief from over-the-counter drugs, it may be necessary to take different measures. Newly available medications including immunotherapy pills work in the same manner as allergy shots have in the past.
But there are precautions that can be taken to help ease the impending suffering of a person with springtime allergies in addition to whatever type of medications you would use to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
The savvy asthmatic or allergy sufferer will find it helpful to keep track of local pollen counts, which can be found online, in your local weather forecast or even an app for your smartphone. By keeping track of the pollen counts, it may make it easier to avoid outdoor activities. If it is still necessary to spend time outdoors, it may be most comfortable for allergy or asthma sufferers to do so in the afternoon. Generally, the counts tend to be highest between 5 AM and 10 AM while at their lowest right after a heavy rainfall. But also know, pollen can blow as much as 50 miles making it very difficult to escape.
Another way to lessen the suffering from seasonal allergies is to try to keep pollen out of your home environment. Coats, jackets, hats, and shoes should be taken off immediately upon entry to your home to help prevent contaminating other parts of your home with pollen carried into your “pollen free” living spaces. Showering before bedtime to remove any residual pollen is also a necessary step to prevent a transfer of pollen to your bedding.
Cleaning your home’s exterior is yet another way to keep nasty pollutants such as pollen or algae from triggering allergic reactions. Regular cleaning of your home’s exterior including sidewalks, driveways, decks and other surfaces will help wash away the pollen, algae and other pollutants that cause springtime allergy flare-ups.
Liberty SoftWash, located in York PA is a great choice for your entire exterior cleaning needs. Some of the services we offer include pressure washing, soft wash house washing, roof cleaning, deck cleaning and more. Call the pros at Liberty SoftWash for your exterior cleaning needs in York PA and surrounding areas. (717) 324-4208