Fall & Winter Allergies
In the winter, most allergens lie dormant. Cold weather is a welcome relief to people with seasonal allergies. But cold weather also means people spend more time indoors. If you’re prone to seasonal allergies it’s likely you’ll also react to indoor allergens, like mold, pet dander and dust mites. Studies have shown that even in households without pets, there is often evidence of animal dander brought in from the outside.
The good news, indoor allergens are easier to address than outdoor allergies.
Tips to help eradicate your home of the common allergens:
- Wash your bedding using hot water weekly.
- Cover your bedding and pillows with allergen-proof covers.
- Remove carpets and upholstered furniture.
- Remove stuffed animals or toys from y our child’s bedroom.
- Check your home for areas of water damage and fix leaks that can encourage mold to grow.
- Regularly check and clean areas that are susceptible to mold. This includes humidifiers, air conditioners and refrigerators.
- Utilize a dehumidifier to reduce excess moisture in the air.
If these measures don’t provide relief, come see your Allergist!
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