Unilever logo
Cleanipedia ZA logo
Stay informed! Visit the SA Department of Health's website for COVID-19 updates: www.sacoronavirus.co.za.

How to prevent common allergies at home & treat seasonal allergies symptoms

Learn about seasonal allergies symptoms and ways you can protect and treat your family with allergy remedies and allergy treatment at home.


how to keep clothes fresh

Common allergies and the symptoms that accompany them are an unfortunate part of every day life for millions of people all over the world; and many suffer unnecessarily when there are allergy remedies and prevention techniques that can help you with your allergy treatment at home.

When it comes to seasonal allergy symptoms the easiest way to avoid them is to keep an eye on your local weather reports and avoid going outdoor when the pollen count is likely to be highest. If you do need to go out, be sure to shower and wash your clothes using a product such as Omo powder detergent to help remove allergens.

What causes a pollen allergy?

Lots of people suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms. These are caused by exposure to pollens from trees, grasses and weeds. Pollen is a fine, yellowish powder which is carried from plant to plant by the wind, birds, insects or even animals. This is how nature fertilises plants; but unfortunately for those with a pollen allergy it can mean months of suffering.

What are seasonal allergy symptoms such as pollen allergy symptoms?

It is often easy to spot someone who suffers from a pollen allergy. Symptoms experience when the pollen count is at its highest include:

  • Sneezing

  • Blocked or runny nose

  • Watery or itchy eyes

  • Itchy throat

  • Wheezing

It is also worth being aware that pollen can also aggravate pre-existing conditions such as asthma which can result in an increased level of coughing and wheezing.

The Poll

What’s most important to you when it comes to cleaning?

0 Votes

How can you prevent seasonal allergy symptoms?

Although there are ways that you treat your seasonal allergy symptoms at home, the best way to treat them is to first try to prevent them. Some key ways that you can do so are as follows:

  1. Avoid going outside when the pollen count is high. When it comes to seasonal allergies such as a pollen allergy, weather reports will often include details of the pollen count. This will allow you to avoid going outside when the count is highest and likely to cause the worst reaction.

  2. Wear glasses and masks if you do have to go outside. If it is unavoidable that you go outside when the pollen count is high, be sure to wear a mask and sun glasses which will cover your face and protect your nose, mouth and eyes from pollen getting into them.

  3. Regularly disinfect yourself and your home. This of course includes:

    • Washing all surfaces that you come into contact with after being outside using household cleaner such as Handy Andy Ultra Hygiene.

    • Washing your hands regularly or even showering when you have been outside.

    • Wash your clothes after exposure to outdoors with products such as Omo powder detergent.

  4. Change your bedding as often as possible. Although cleaning your bed linen should be an important part of your routine anyway, it is especially important at times when seasonal allergy symptoms are at their worst.

  5. Invest in an air purifier. Using an air purifier will help to reduce the levels of pollen within your home, and in turn this will help to reduce the pollen allergy symptoms that you will suffer from.

Are there allergy remedies which can help?

There are plenty of allergy medications which can be purchased over-the-counter but it may still be worth a visit to your doctor to speak to them about your allergies. They will be able to suggest which medication will be best and explain possible side-effects.

Once you have some medication to help with your allergy treatment at home, be sure to follow these key instructions:

  • Keep any allergy medicine with you, as you would other forms of medication.

  • Monitor the pollen count, as it is preferable to take allergy medicine before your symptoms start if you know the risk of reaction is high.

If you prefer to avoid the need for medication, there are some allergy remedies which may help. These include:

  • A saline rinse which can help to wash away any trapped pollen when used as a nasal spray on a daily basis.

  • Fish oil supplements help to lower your levels of leukotrienes which are chemicals that contribute to your allergic reactions to allergens such as pollens.

  • Turmeric is a spice which contains curcumin which acts as a decongestant and can help to reduce common allergy symptoms.

Although these alternative allergy remedies are unlikely to replace allergy medication, they could help to reduce your need to take as much. Combining prevention and remedies will help to ensure that you and your family don’t suffer needless during spring and summer.

  • Check weather reports and try to stay inside if the pollen count is high.

  • Keep your clothes clean, fresh and pollen free by washing them with products such as Omo powder detergent.

  • Avoid drying clean washing outside if the pollen count is high.

  • Invest in an air purifier for your home.

Originally published