We’re all starting to really enjoy our Minnesota summer! But one unfortunate downside of the season is the many allergens in the air. At Best Care, we know that these allergens can make it an especially challenging time of the year for anyone with allergies, asthma, or other existing lung conditions.

While there are medications and antihistamines that can help combat common indoor allergies, there are also ways to reduce indoor allergens altogether. 

Does your recipient of care struggle with indoor allergies or a chronic lung condition? Here are some tips from Best Care on how to make allergy season easier for those receiving home healthcare.

How to reduce indoor allergens

The first step is to be aware of the pollen levels. If there are specific days you plan on being outside, check the pollen levels along with the weather report. You can also plan outings when the levels are going to be low, making for a much more enjoyable day for everyone involved. Heading out earlier in the day can also help to reduce symptoms.

If you live in an area with poor air quality, pay attention to pollution levels. You can get daily information from weather reports or by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, to prevent pollen from spreading inside your house, wash your hands once getting inside and toss your clothes and linens in the dryer rather than hanging them outside. This will help you in how to control dust and dander in your home, as pollen and other allergens can collect on our clothes and get in the home.

How to improve indoor air quality

Having the windows shut and preventing the wind from blowing in irritants can make a big difference in managing allergy symptoms. Even something as simple as a screen can reduce the amount of allergens that make it inside.

What’s more, if allergies are a big concern, having your windows closed and the air conditioning on makes for a much more comfortable experience for kids or adults who suffer from allergies in the spring, summer, and fall months. 

How to recognize symptoms of an allergy attack

Be aware of your care recipient’s unique symptoms of an allergy or chronic breathing condition flare-up. This might include:

  • Sneezing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Red, itchy, watery eyes
  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Rashes
  • Worsening of asthma or eczema symptoms

Remember that you and your doctor will know the symptoms best, so trust your instincts if it seems like a condition is flaring up. If these symptoms appear, make sure there is quick and easy access to any necessary medication and get the individual to a clean, indoor space with minimal allergens or pollutants in the air.

Best Care understands the importance of providing quality home care for all and can answer all of your questions regarding home care services. For more information on how to make allergy season easier, feel free to reach out to our team. We’re happy to help!