Tips to Help Manage Spring Allergens in Your Home
As the weather warms up and days get longer, the transition can be difficult for those with seasonal allergies. Everything from tree pollen to weeds to mold can make eyes start itching and noses start running. Other symptoms of springtime allergies include coughing, sneezing, sinus congestion, and sinus headaches.
Allergy season can be miserable without the right preventative strategies in place. The key is to prepare your home now to help manage symptoms once plants and shrubs start blooming. Once the allergies start bothering you, it’s more challenging to get them under control.
Here are some tips to get you started. If allergies interfere with your daily activities, ask your doctor about allergy medicines that can help relieve your symptoms.
A deep cleaning that rids indoor environments of dust and other allergens can really help. Cloth-covered surfaces — carpets, furniture, drapes, decorative pillows – all retain dust that can further irritate already sensitive noses. Take extra care in bedrooms so that you’re not exposed to allergens all night. Be sure to choose cleaning products carefully. Products contain strong chemicals can also trigger allergy symptoms to flare up.
Change your air filter
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how frequently you should change your air filter. If you’ve never done it yourself, see if a family member can help or if necessary, call an HVAC service company to check your system and change the filter.
Use an air purifier
It’s surprising to see how much dust fills the filters in an air purifier working in just one small bedroom. Air purifiers also capture the smallest particles of pollen and animal dander, a common allergy trigger. The most effective ones for people with allergies have HEPA filters. Choose the appropriate size for the room where the purifier will be used.
Lower humidity levels
Keeping humidity low will help discourage mold growth and reduce dust mites, common allergens. A level below 50 percent humidity is recommended. You can buy a simple thermometer-like device at the hardware store that measures humidity in a room. If it’s over 50 percent, consider investing in a dehumidifier.
Clean doggy paws to rid them of allergens
If you have a dog, wipe its paws with a damp cloth when it comes inside after a walk. This will help reduce the allergens entering your home. Also after petting your furry friend, wash your hands to avoid spreading allergens to your face.
Wash bedding regularly
The bedroom requires special attention to control allergens simply because it’s where you spend a significant number of hours, and it’s an area that usually has many fabric surfaces that attract and hold allergens. Wash all bedding, including pillowcases, in hot water weekly to ease allergy symptoms. If your allergies are very irritating, consider purchasing allergy-proof mattress and pillowcases.
Older adults may need assistance doing a thorough spring cleaning to reduce allergens in their home. As well as providing medication reminders and assisting with personal care, our caregivers can help with light housekeeping to help reduce allergens in the home.
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