Now that the pollen levels are springing rapidly upward, the sneezing and itching and coughing reminds us allergy sufferers to beware!
Good allergy care revolves around avoidance of your specific allergy. Allergens – the substances that make you have allergy symptoms – can be indoors or outdoors.
What are they and how can we avoid them? Let’s look at the indoor allergens we need to avoid.
The most common indoor allergens include cockroach, dust mite, cat, dog, and molds.
These allergens are microscopic and float around in the air we breathe. A HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Filter) can be used in the air ventilation system and vacuums to trap a lot of these airborne allergens.
Cockroaches creep everywhere, but a clean home where food, including pet dishes, is covered and kept off the floor and surfaces will decrease exposure.
Wipe off all food surfaces with water, detergent and a 5 percent bleach solution.
Dust mite exposure occurs mostly during sleep, from the dust mites in our bed and pillows. Cover pillows, mattresses and box springs in allergy-approved, zip-up, encasing covers.
Wash everything you sleep in, on, or with, in 130 degree farenheit water once per week.
Removing carpets, blinds, stuffed animals, drapes and other dust traps can also help.
Pets that make you sick should be removed from your home. Keeping pets out of your bedroom and off of the furniture can reduce allergen exposure a little bit. Washing your pet frequently can also reduce pet allergen in the home.
The best way to reduce mold in the home is to make sure there are no water problems in the home.
Watch out for hidden pipe, roof and bathroom leaks, and get these fixed immediately if you find them.
Also watch for mold in the basement, bathroom, shower, refrigerator drip tray, houseplants, firewood, humidifiers, garbage pails, and old fruits or vegetables in the kitchen.
Indoor allergens usually cause some allergy symptoms all year long, so reducing exposures could help all year long.
Yes, the outdoor pollens are attacking us now, but don’t forget about having a good plan to avoid those indoor allergens!
At least then when you come in out of the pollens, you can get a little more relief.