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Survival Tips for Allergy Sufferers

Posted on May 26, 2011Rick Welter

Woman Suffering from AllergiesIt doesn’t seem fair. You’ve been cooped up all winter and now that it’s spring you want to open the windows and play outside. But with spring, comes another season— allergy season. Electronic air cleaners may have seemed a luxury in the past, but with seasonal allergies affecting almost 36 million Americans, it may just be time to think about clean air year round.

Adding insult to injury, researchers have found that since 1995, the allergy season has increased by 16 days in Minneapolis— even more further north— as the number of frost-free days each year also rose.

Seasonal allergies mainly cause itchy eyes, a dripping nose, and uncontrollable sneezing and coughing among sufferers. Besides the ever-present red eyes and Kleenex, doctors claim that there is some correlation between allergies and depression.

Here are some tips to counter your symptoms, whether they are itchy eyes or feeling blue.

1) Check the pollen counts. If you want to enjoy a round of golf or a morning run, check the pollen counts for your neighborhood’s allergy forecast. Pollen counts are usually at their highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI),the best times to exercise outdoors are early evening, when pollen counts are down; on a damp, cloudy day; and, ideally, just after a seasonal shower, when the rain has temporarily washed the pollen and pollutants out of the air.

2) Get enough sleep. A common side -effect of allergies is low energy, which often correlates to low-grade depression. Because allergies affect the immune system, it’s natural to feel physically low; your immune system is fighting allergens and pollens, which saps your energy level. So it’s especially important to have uninterrupted sleep, which means eliminating stimulants such as coffee and colas, and depressants, like alcohol, which can cause changes in your sleep pattern. When allergy season passes, partaking in your favorite refreshments shouldn’t be a problem.

3) Drink a lot of water. Allergy symptoms are often confused with a cold or the flu because the immune response releases protein molecules used in communication between cells. This signals the brain, which initiates feelings of sickness. Because your immune system is sluggish, drinking plenty of fluids—whether you exercise vigorously or not—is essential to keeping pollens and pollutants from clogging up your lymphatic system.

4) Electronic Air Filter. Unfortunately, not all outdoor allergens remain outdoors.  Allergens can travel through opens windows or doors and are carried in and on the clothes and bodies of people and pets.  An electronic air cleaner removes up to 99.98% of allergens from filtered air, trapping the tiniest particles, including dust, soot, and mold spores in your home.  Removing these common allergens will increase the quality of air in your home and improve allergy symptoms while indoors.

These are a few simple steps you can take to minimize the effects of allergy season. It only takes a little forethought and diligence in your diet and sleep habits to counter some of this season’s highest pollen counts.

If seasonal allergies and air quality are a concern for you and your family call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for more information on how we can help purify your air.

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Survival Tips for Allergy Sufferers

Posted on May 26, 2011Rick Welter

Woman Suffering from AllergiesIt doesn’t seem fair. You’ve been cooped up all winter and now that it’s spring you want to open the windows and play outside. But with spring, comes another season— allergy season. Electronic air cleaners may have seemed a luxury in the past, but with seasonal allergies affecting almost 36 million Americans, it may just be time to think about clean air year round.

Adding insult to injury, researchers have found that since 1995, the allergy season has increased by 16 days in Minneapolis— even more further north— as the number of frost-free days each year also rose.

Seasonal allergies mainly cause itchy eyes, a dripping nose, and uncontrollable sneezing and coughing among sufferers. Besides the ever-present red eyes and Kleenex, doctors claim that there is some correlation between allergies and depression.

Here are some tips to counter your symptoms, whether they are itchy eyes or feeling blue.

1) Check the pollen counts. If you want to enjoy a round of golf or a morning run, check the pollen counts for your neighborhood’s allergy forecast. Pollen counts are usually at their highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI),the best times to exercise outdoors are early evening, when pollen counts are down; on a damp, cloudy day; and, ideally, just after a seasonal shower, when the rain has temporarily washed the pollen and pollutants out of the air.

2) Get enough sleep. A common side -effect of allergies is low energy, which often correlates to low-grade depression. Because allergies affect the immune system, it’s natural to feel physically low; your immune system is fighting allergens and pollens, which saps your energy level. So it’s especially important to have uninterrupted sleep, which means eliminating stimulants such as coffee and colas, and depressants, like alcohol, which can cause changes in your sleep pattern. When allergy season passes, partaking in your favorite refreshments shouldn’t be a problem.

3) Drink a lot of water. Allergy symptoms are often confused with a cold or the flu because the immune response releases protein molecules used in communication between cells. This signals the brain, which initiates feelings of sickness. Because your immune system is sluggish, drinking plenty of fluids—whether you exercise vigorously or not—is essential to keeping pollens and pollutants from clogging up your lymphatic system.

4) Electronic Air Filter. Unfortunately, not all outdoor allergens remain outdoors.  Allergens can travel through opens windows or doors and are carried in and on the clothes and bodies of people and pets.  An electronic air cleaner removes up to 99.98% of allergens from filtered air, trapping the tiniest particles, including dust, soot, and mold spores in your home.  Removing these common allergens will increase the quality of air in your home and improve allergy symptoms while indoors.

These are a few simple steps you can take to minimize the effects of allergy season. It only takes a little forethought and diligence in your diet and sleep habits to counter some of this season’s highest pollen counts.

If seasonal allergies and air quality are a concern for you and your family call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for more information on how we can help purify your air.

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