Spring is quickly arriving in the North East and with it our Spring Allergies. I can already hear the Allergic Rhinitis in our daughter’s morning routine which begins with a bevy of sneezing upon waking. After about a week of this, the cough begins, brought on by post nasal drip. It happens every year like clockwork. We have our arsenal of medications in the drawer ready for this festive occasion. We work with our Doctor on modulating the routine when necessary. I usually go to Pollen.com to find out what tree, grass or shrub is blooming and what the pollen levels are in my area.
There are a few things that we do to ease the transition into Spring. Keeping the house clean and dust free, washing the sheets and towels in HOT water, and changing our clothes, placing them in the washing machine immediately upon entering the house after being at the park, are a few things that will offer relief.
Most of the information above is well-known among parents with allergic kids, but did you know there are other things that we could be doing to keep our indoor air clean? This morning, I ran across another blog that had some good overall pointers on how to decrease indoor air pollution and thought I’d link to it here. I’d like to add, however, that keeping your windows open during Spring if you have pollen allergies, is generally not recommended. Turning on your air conditioner to fan, however, is recommended. Make sure you have cleaned the filter on your air conditioner beforehand.
It is interesting to note that some people (my family included) cannot eat certain fruits in the Spring. I can’t eat citrus. My husband can’t eat pears or apples. Some people can’t have pitted fruits. OAS or Oral Allergy Syndrome is the culprit in these cases. My husband’s mouth itches, and he gets small hives around his lips. Generally we tend to avoid the fruits that cause us OAS in the Spring.
So, foods? We generally stick to Spring foods such as Cabbage, Asparagus, green leafy vegetables that contain natural histamine and avoid the fruits. However, as someone asked below, we are able to eat cooked fruits – there is a nice explanation in Allergic Living if you’d like to read more.
Yes, Spring is here. Allergy Free? We do what we can!