How to Control Seasonal Allergies at the Cottage

September 26, 2016

You and the family look forward to gathering at the cottage for a Thanksgiving reunion every October. Seeing the leaves change colour and cuddling under big blankets all together around the camp fire are all the things to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about this time of year. Sneezing, coughing and runny eyes are not part of the vacation plans, though.

It’s the season. Ragweed, leaf mold and dust can all contribute to allergies, sinus pain and sniffling. You can’t miss seeing the family. So, what can you do to help control the triggers that would ruin your reunion? Here are a few tips that may help:

Keep outdoor activities to a minimum. Yes, it’s hard, especially with beautiful leaves all around, but it will help. If you absolutely must go outdoors, go early in the morning or late in the evening. Around noon the pollen count is at its highest.

Make sure all shoes are left at the door so pollen is not tracked inside.

A quality room air-filter system will pull many of the allergens from the air. Just remember, carpet can trigger the cause as the allergens can become trapped in the fibers, so the air filter will not remove them.

That being said, try and avoid carpeted properties. Opting for tile, wood or other non-porous flooring will be worthwhile if you are a severe allergy sufferer. Replacing the drapes with blinds is also a good idea.

All filters in the cottage should be replaced before your visit. A good vacuum with a HEPA filter will also help keep allergy-causing elements from hiding on the floors.

You may want to throw that cozy comforter in the wash before you sleep under it. Purchase dust-mite covers for your pillows and mattresses as well.

By knowing your symptom triggers, cleaning what you can and avoid high-pollen hours, you can survive allergy season.

With that said, don’t let this stop you from exploring Canada and CanadaStays can help your family book a vacation rental today! Whether it’s taking the trip up north in Ontario to rent a Muskoka cottage, renting a chalet in Banff for a ski getaway or even taking that east coast trip you have always dream of and renting a cottage in Nova Scotia, CanadaStays will always be there to help you make it feel like home.

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