Even though we are still experiencing spring snowstorms, allergies are in full bloom. The weather has spiked within the last few weeks, allowing trees to bloom. The most important thing to do if you think you have allergies is to get an allergy test. Once you know your allergens, you can create a symptom-free environment, and have proper medication and an action plan.
For decreased allergens in your home be sure to do the following:
- Try to avoid using fans as they tend to move dust throughout the house
- Keep doors and windows closed if possible when the pollen count is high, or you are feeling allergy symptoms coming on
- Use HEPA filters in your home and vacuum, and clean the vacuum out frequently
- Try to vacuum and dust frequently (wear a mask if the dust irritates you)
- If you have a pet, try to keep them off of couches where you may come in contact with their dander.
- If you keep your dogs outside often, be sure to bathe them when they come inside
- Keep your air filters and air ducts clean of dust, pollen, dander and other allergens
- Keep humidity indoors below 50% to prevent mold growth
- Use fans while showering to prevent mold growth
- If you do yard work or are exercising outdoors, be sure to take your shoes off right away, shower, wash your clothes and do a nasal rinse to get rid of allergens.
- When washing your clothes, make sure you put the clothes in the dryer right after they are finished in the washing machine. This will also prevent mold growth.
- Clean bathroom tiles and shower curtains will mold prevention products. Many products come in a spray bottle and are quick and easy to use.
- If you have the option of carpet or hardwood floors, choose the floors. This will keep allergens from building up as much in your home.
- Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke in your house. The smell is an irritant for many and can stick to furniture, carpet, walls and clothes.
- Keep plants in your house to a minimum as they do collect mold growth
- Wash you sheets, blankets, pillowcases, etc. weekly in hot water as they collect allergens.
- Try not to use throw rugs, and if you do, wash them often. Many people wipe their shoes off on throw rugs, leaving behind allergens.
- Choose shades over big curtains. Shades are easier to clean and collect fewer allergens.
- Use a stove fan while cooking to air out your home
Keeping your house clean and free of mold, dust, pollen and other allergens is a major part in feeling healthy and happy during allergy season. Outside of work, people spend most of their time in their homes, so it’s important to make sure it’s a healthy environment. If you suffer from allergies, make sure you had an allergy test and that you have proper medication and an action plan. You do not have to suffer during allergy season!