If you have allergies, spring can be an especially tough time of year for you. You might feel stuffed up, sneezy, and tired all at once—and those are just the symptoms of one type of spring allergy! There are many different types of allergies that can flare up during this time of year, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you combat them and get back on track with your plans.
The great pollening
If you’re allergic to pollen, the best way to deal with it is to stay indoors during peak pollen season (which usually lasts from April through June). You can also try using an air purifier or staying near trees or other plants that aren’t as likely to produce pollen.
Dusty dust mites
Dust mites love warm temperatures and humid environments, which is why they tend to be more active in the spring when it’s getting warmer outside but there’s still plenty of moisture in the air. If you’re allergic to dust mites, try sleeping on special mattress covers that trap their dander without trapping the rest of their body parts (you know how gross those are!). You might also want to consider using an air purifier or washing your bedding frequently in hot water.
Are liquids the answer?
Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine. Water helps flush out allergens from your system and helps them move through your nasal passages. It also keeps you hydrated, which prevents dehydration—a major cause of headaches and sinus problems. And Caffeine actually dries out your sinuses, making allergy symptoms worse for some people (and giving them headaches). By cutting back on caffeine, you’ll be helping yourself breathe easier!
ECARF Certified Air Purifiers
The European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation, or ECARF, ensures that people with allergies receive the best possible guidance in everyday matters and treatment options. That means the products ECARF certifies have been fully adapted to the needs of allergy sufferers.
You may have noticed that all of IDEAL’s air purifiers have an ECARF seal on their product pages. We’re extremely proud to be able to place this certified, allergy-friendly ‘stamp’ of approval on our high-performance products. That means our air purifiers have the ECARF Seal of Quality which “certifies air purifiers as allergy-friendly if they are able to archive a significant reduction of airborne pollutants.”