Spring is in full swing and summer is quickly approaching. While these two seasons bring warmer and sunnier days, they also bring terrible allergy triggers.
When we hear the word “allergies” we often think that we’re only impacted while outside. You’re probably imagining the tree pollen that leaves a fine yellow dusting on your car (and lungs!) each spring. But did you know that indoor allergies exist and that they can be just as harsh? The Daily News has a few suggestions for fighting those indoor allergy triggers this year.
How To Avoid Indoor Allergy Triggers
According to The Daily News, making small changes to your daily habits really can help reduce the intensity of allergy reactions. Installing something like an air filter in the bedroom can make all the difference. Neeta Ogden, an allergist and the spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, spoke with The Daily News about using bedroom air filters and how they can be beneficial.
“Dust and pollen can build up in your bedroom, triggering your symptoms while you sleep,” Ogden said. “But using an air purifier can help suck up these particles before they have a chance to enter your system.”
An air purifier with a high-efficiency particulate air filter can latch onto those stubborn, tiny particles and remove them from the air. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says a relative humidity measuring less than 50% can help remove indoor allergens. So along with the air filter, using a dehumidifier in your home can be the solution to all of your indoor allergy problems during the spring and summer months. Dehumidifiers can be extremely helpful when you sleep, much like air filters. If you have children, be sure to put one in their rooms, too.
Spring Cleaning (for your health!)
According to FOX 47 News, one of the easiest things you can do to eliminate indoor allergy triggers is to remove any clutter from your space. The less clutter you have around your home, the fewer places there will be for allergens like dust to hide. Old rags and newspapers should be removed immediately. These items are prime hiding spaces for dust, dust mites, and other respiratory irritants.
While you’re removing the clutter, FOX 47 News also suggests cleaning your bathroom. Mold is very likely to develop in a bathroom as it is a humid and moist space. But, by cleaning the pipes, fixtures, and walls with a non-toxic cleaner on a regular basis, you should be able to lessen the risk of mold development.
For millions of people, seasonal allergies are easily the worst part about spring and summer. Yet many people never realize that staying indoors will do nothing to alleviate their symptoms. To reduce the risk of getting sick this season, thoroughly clean your home, install an air filter, and use a dehumidifier.