Here is our TOP 10 LIST of things to do, to significantly lessen your chances of feeling symptoms derived from poor air quality, like allergies, asthma, sickness, fatigue, and more...
1. Get tested:
If you're suffering from allergic symptoms derived from something in the air, get tested and see what you're allergic to. It may originate from the outdoors, like pollen, grass, or pollution in general. It may also be from something indoors, like pet dander, feathers, perfumes, smoke, detergent, powders or chemicals at work, particles in the air from food, etc..
2. Get the app:
Once you've identified where your symptoms are derived from, you have the ability to avoid what's causing it. For example, if pollen is causing your allergies, you may want to avoid going outdoors as much on days when the pollen count is high. There are apps you can get that display air quality and pollen counts in your area to give you a head's up.
3. Let your job know:
If your allergy is stemming from something at work, you should formally let your employer know about the circumstances and have them inquire about a solution to elevate the issue. It could be something as simple as a "no perfumes rule" at the job, or to get a smoking cabin instead of a room for smokers where the smoke seeps out and affects the surrounding areas.
4. Inform others:
Let others know. It may seem self explanatory to you, but others not knowing that you're suffering from allergies may think you're just in a bad mood, or lazy, overworked, a complainer, weak, etc., if you don't politely let them know that you have allergic reactions to the environment you're in caused by something they or may not be responsible for. Most rational people will sympathize and understand, and then maybe they may have the power to do something about the issue. For example, if you have a pet allergy and don't let your friend know, they may think you're avoiding them because you decline overtime they invite you over for dinner.
5. Clean your environment:
Indoor environments like offices and homes can get dusty quickly. Particles end up settling in rugs, carpets and curtains, and every time someone gets in contact with them, like walking over a rug, the dust, and debris get kicked up into the air and invade your air passages, causing everything from irritation, sneezing, watery eyes, allergies and asthma. Vacuuming often and using natural, organic cleaners will help alleviate these types of symptoms, and if your home is clean, you'll breathe and sleep better at night.
6. Quit smoking and/or avoid places where people openly smoke:
If you don't smoke, that's great. You're protecting your body from proven, long term negative effects. Second hand smoke is just as bad, especially for non smokers, because their airways aren't used to being infiltrated with all the harsh chemicals and fumes that are released from cigarettes and cigars. The only solution where smokers can safely cohabitant with others without affecting other's air, is by using a smoking cabin. There, the smoke and odors are immediately trapped in the cabin's gas and HEPA filtration system, and only clean air is released back into the immediate environment.
7. Time your outdoor activities:
As the entertainment industry says, "Timing is everything!". Whether you're going out for a run or going window shopping, planning your errands to when the pollen count is lower will help alleviate or lessen symptoms. Depending on the time of day, wind, humidity and rain all affect pollen counts. Typically, pollen counts are their highest between 10am–4pm, but rain washes pollen from the air and outdoor surfaces. Asthma can also be triggered by outdoor temperature.
8. Wear sunglasses outside:
Sunglasses don't only protect your peepers from blinding UV rays, they also aid as a barrier from pollens and dust getting into your eyes.
9. Avoid open windows and/or attic fans:
It may be tempting to turn on your attic fan in the summer months, but that will bring in unfiltered air and airborne contaminants from the outside. Although air conditioning is not the most ideal, it is better than using attic fans or open windows to cool off.
10. Get an air cleaner/air purifier:
Get yourself, or recommend that your job invests in a top of the line air cleaner/purifier. Since we adults spend most of our waking hours at work during the week, people who have an air filtration system that captures air contaminants and releases only clean air notice a significant improvement in their health. This way, no matter the pollen count, the perfume/cologne people wear, the smoke, the chemicals and powders, etc...you and your colleagues will be free from them and the symptoms they cause.
We invite you to share this guide with anyone you know who may suffer from allergies or airborne asthma, and hope you have an allergy/asthma free spring and summer!
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