The weather itself is also a great predictor of how much pollen will be in the air, Michelis says. “The showers that keep popping up, cloudy or windless days tend to keep the pollen counts down. Balmy, dry, warm days tend to keep pollens airborne and that makes sensitive patients more symptomatic.”
Another helpful tip is to cover your mattress and pillows, as both can serve as storage facilities for airborne allergens. Encasing them in plastic, anti-allergen covers can help ensure a good night’s sleep.
Keep the Fresh Air Out
One of the great pleasures of warmer weather is opening the windows and letting the fresh air in. But if you’re suffering from allergies, do yourself a favor and keep the windows shut, says Michelis.
“Windows should be kept closed when you sleep and in the morning. Also, keep car windows closed while you drive and put your air conditioning on because it filters the pollen out of the air.”
Remember to change your home air filters regularly and, if you can, splurge for high-efficiency filters that help trap even more airborne allergens.