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Allergies Indoors

This summer looks like it’s  particularly challenging for allergy sufferers, with the Met Office warning that grass pollen levels have reached ‘very high risk’ status following a prolonged period of hot, dry weather.[1] Calls to the Allergy UK Helpline have reported worse symptoms that are having an  impact on mental and physical wellbeing.

Despite many of us spending more time at home due to lockdown, Hay fever symptoms persist for many as pollen can still easily enter the house through clothing, pets or open windows.

90% of Hay fever sufferers admit that their concentration levels are negatively affected by symptoms.[2] With a summer of working from home on the horizon for many, it’s more important than ever that allergy sufferers create as comfortable a living and working space as possible.

Here are our top tips to help alleviate symptoms when you are inside the home so you can still make the most of your summer:

  1. No matter how good the weather, keep your windows shut if possible. If the desire for fresh air becomes too overwhelming, open a window during the day as the pollen count is higher in the evening
  2. Cleaning the house regularly can help reduce allergens in the home. Vacuum carpets with a high efficiency air filter vacuum cleaner. To reduce exposure to house dust mites, wash bedding weekly at 60 degrees Celsius, while curtains should be washed every three months at the same temperature. Fabric covered furniture should be vacuumed twice a week
  3. Make sure you’re not carrying around dust and pollen on your clothes by drying your clean washing indoors, and then keeping wardrobe doors shut
  4. Pollen can stay on your skin and hair for a long time after you’ve been outside, so take a shower as soon as possible when you return home.
  5. Pet hair carries airborne allergens including pollen so keep your pets out of the bedroom and off soft furnishings, even if they might get a little grumpy about it

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[1] The Sun, ‘Hay fever symptoms spell misery for millions as pollen levels soar – 10 ways to ease your agony’, 1 June 2020

[2] Allergy UK, Allergy Awareness Week 2014