The Back to School Allergy Guide for College Students

It is that time of year for college students to head back to campus for another semester. Make sure you are allergy ready with our back to school guide.

College students need to know how to manage allergies so they don't interrupt school work

The back to school guide for college students is a bit different than younger school children. There are so many more factors to take into consideration like shared housing, different climates, and new buildings. Whether you are returning to campus for another semester or are heading off to college for the first time, check with our allergy preparation guide to ensure you are allergy ready for a successful school year.

Dorm/Apartment Tips and Essentials

Sharing a living space can be tough on allergies. Take all the necessary precautions for making your home away from home comfortable:

  • Prioritize sleep with allergy bedding covers to protect against dust mites
  • Keep doors and windows closed as often as possible to prevent pollen and other environmental allergens from entering your space
  • Inform roommates of your allergies so they can help keep your shared spaced clean and free of allergy triggers
  • Clean regularly with products you know will not aggravate your allergy symptoms
  • Just like when you were younger, keep an allergy action plan ready for emergencies
  • Eliminate airborne allergens like pollen, dust, and mold spores with a small space Venta Airwasher humidifier and air purifier. The LW15 is compact and quiet, the perfect companion for study sessions. The filter-free function also lends itself to low maintenance and virtually no upkeep cost.

College students can find allergy relief in their dorm rooms with Venta Airwashers

Not only is the Venta Airwasher an allergy relief essential, it also comes in handy during cold winter months with its humidification functionality. This makes the Airwasher an essential wellness product for year-round use, relieving dry air problems like dry skin and susceptibility to illness in addition to allergy relief.

Research Your College Town’s Climate

The great thing about going away to college is it gives you an opportunity to experience a different part of the country for an extended period of time. It is important however to research the climate surrounding your new hometown, as there could be different environmental factors that affect your allergies. Take into account different types of trees, plants, and even mold types that may be allergy triggers.

Cities can also be tough environments on allergy sufferers, so do not forget to take into consideration how air pollution from cars, construction, and  other city factors can trigger allergies.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American conducted a study finding that Louisville, Kentucky is the worst city for fall allergies. This might be bad news for college students on their way to the University of Louisville! However, as long as you are properly prepared with the right tips and products, you should be able to acclimate to the first few months of college with no problem.

 

Making Your Way Around Campus

Get to know your campus health center in case of emergencies. Find out if they can fill allergy medication prescriptions.

Many buildings on college campuses are old and dusty and can therefore be tough on your allergies. Do a campus walk-through before classes officially start to see which buildings might be less comfortable than others. This also goes for areas where certain trees or plants may be, and plan to avoid those.

Stay ahead of the day with pollen forecasts by downloading an allergy and weather tracking app. We have put together a whole list of free apps built just for this purpose, which you can check out here.

For other great Venta tips geared towards college students, check out our guide to saving money by being a greener college student here.