Managing Seasonal Allergies
Monday, March 07, 2022

Different types of allergies have different peak times throughout the year. Knowing your pollen types and times can help you to prepare and treat allergies in plenty of time.

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are when different kinds of pollen are dispersed throughout the year. Some people may be more susceptible to types of pollen:

Managing seasonal allergies

It is vitally important to start preparing for allergy season before the pollen season reaches its peak. It is advised to start taking allergy medication around two weeks before you typically start to feel any allergies flaring up, that way you can stop the allergic reaction before it starts.

You can manage these symptoms at home using over-the-counter treatments. Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays can help contain your symptoms by reducing your allergic reaction after it starts but also before. Pre-treating with allergy medication before symptoms begin can help prevent inflammation and help ease your stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, and other allergy symptoms.

Tips for preventing allergies

1. Check the pollen count for the day throughout pollen season, available on the CarePlus app and weather apps
2. Limit outdoor activity early on windy days. Plan some indoor activities and hold out for later in the day for any outdoor activities.
3. Never sleep with your bedroom window open. Keep all windows and doors closed in your home as much as possible during pollen season
4. Never drive with the windows open. You can also get pollen filters for your car
5. Regularly wash your hands
6. Leave your shoes at the door and change your clothes as soon as you get home
7. Wash your bedsheets more often, at least once a week
8. Do not dry your laundry outside, either dry inside or in a tumble dryer
9. Put away rugs and hoover more
10. Wear sunglasses to prevent pollen particles entering your eyes
11. Having a humidifier in your home can help ease flaring symptoms
12. Place Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen

Benefits of having a humidifier to relieve allergy symptoms

  • Making the air at home more humid by 30% to 50% can help ease symptoms of allergies
  • Keeping a humidifier running can help tackle runny nose, sore throat, and coughing by having a well-balanced level of humidity in the air
  • Having clear nasal passages means that your body has an easier time purging any allergens you are exposed to on a day-to-day basis. It is also very important to keep your humidifier clean and free of bacteria

The Medicare Humidifiers remove dust and indoor air pollutants from around the home, office, spa and more to create clean, hygienic air. Using the aromatherapy tray in the humidifiers can also release rejuvenating and soothing fragrances that refresh and improve the indoor air quality and ambiance of any space.

Humidifiers + Respiratory Illnesses

If you suffer with any respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis, humidifiers help by softening the mucus around your respiratory organs helping you to cough up phlegm more easily.

This helps to clear passageways allowing for more easier and comfortable breathing.

If you or your child has asthma or allergies, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier as increased humidity can either benefit or make symptoms worse depending on how humid your environment already is. Use a humidity meter in your home to find out what your current level is.

Medicare Humidifiers

Medicare Cirrus Humidifier:

  • Eliminates dust, toxins, bacteria, and allergens from the air
  • Removes unpleasant odours and smoke
  • Compact multi-colour LED light display to help create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere
  • Capacity 1.7L
  • Area Coverage of 10-25m²
  • Mist volume dial
  • Includes a fragrance compartment suitable for essential oils

Medicare Nimbus Humidifier:

  • Ultrasonic Technology purifies air
  • Distributes a mist to eliminate odours, toxins, and bacteria
  • Capacity: 3.3L
  • Area Coverage of 10-25m²
  • 3 Timer Levels: 2/4/6 hours
  • Auto shut off feature making this the perfect device to soothe you to sleep
  • Includes a fragrance compartment suitable for essential oils
  • Heat setting option of warm/cool mist settings

These humidifiers are available to purchase in CarePlus Pharmacies nationwide. Check where your local CarePlus Pharmacy is using our store locator.