When Kendra Saunders steps outside, she has to worry about what she brings back inside to keep herself from getting sick.
“I’m taking a nasal spray, I’m taking two medications every day and trying to avoid allergens,” Saunders said.
She said her allergies in recent years have taken over her life, “There are times where I’ve had to miss work, I’ve had to skip going to people’s birthday parties, I’ve had to miss things, because I just haven’t felt good from this. It is that serious.”
And she’s not alone.
Sinus and Allergy Specialist Jordan Josephson, said he’s seeing far more patients, and his office is filling up with miserable patients.
Dr. Josephson said, “Statistics show that anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of people suffer from sinus problems and allergies.”
It’s misery they don’t have to live with, though. Catherine Roberts with Consumer Reports breaks down ways to keep your allergies from triggering inside your home.
Roberts said it’s “really important to tackle this from multiple angles.”
Saunders said she frequently cleans her sheets too and even vacuums her bed. Roberts goes as far as recommending certain kinds of sheets.
“Look at the label, and make sure it’s a woven sheet,” Roberts explained. “You can look for pore size of 6 microns or less.”
Both women also recommend keeping windows closed and cranking the AC instead.
Showering before sleeping can help too.
Saunders said weekly vacuuming to get rid of dust mites, mold, pollen is important, but she said her biggest secret is just knowing her limitations.
The doctor we spoke with also recommends trying things like natural bee honey or irrigating your sinuses with salt water. of course if none of things work, it’s important to see a doctor.
Check pollen.com for more information on keeping allergens at bay.