In Houston, approximately 70% of the population suffers from itchy eyes, runny nose, and other allergy symptoms. Therefore, the upcoming spring season can be extremely rough for many of us! A great way to avoid allergy symptoms is by controlling your exposure to the allergens that trigger your allergies. This process can begin with your home! We compiled a list of cleaning tips for allergy sufferers. Keep these in mind as you start your spring cleaning!
- Wear a Mask
As you dust, vacuum, and perform other cleaning duties, there are always dust mites and other allergens present in the air. Wearing a protective mask can help you avoid breathing in the allergens and save you from the allergy-related discomfort while cleaning. Also, leave the house for a couple of hours after you’re done cleaning- let the air clear before you return.
- Clean Regularly
The key to keeping your home allergen-free is to clean it regularly. Vacuum and mop the floors once or twice a week in order to keep the dust mites, pollen that may have snuck into your house, and other allergens under control. Choosing the right cleaning tools is important, too. Microfiber cloths and mops, and vacuum cleaners with a high-efficiency particulate air filter, also known as the HEPA filter, help capture the tiny allergens that tend to fill the air.
- Keep Entryways Clean
The cleaner the entryways are, the less likely the pollen from outside will sneak its way into your home. So as you clean the rest of your house, don’t forget to vacuum or mop the porch or outside patio, and to clean the window frames and sills.
- Wash Your Clothes When You Get Home
Another trick to keep the pollen outside is to wash your clothes and take a shower as soon as you get home. By doing this, you get rid of any allergens that your clothes or hair may have picked up outside. Also, keep a watch on those pollen levels- don’t spend long periods of time outdoors when the pollen levels are high.
- Keep the AC Filters Clean
Carefully clean or replace the air conditioner filters on a regular basis, especially if you’re an allergy sufferer. Those sneaky allergens can accumulate in the filters and cause you suffer from allergy symptoms in every room of your home.
- Dry Your Laundry Inside
With the nicer weather, you may be tempted to air-dry your laundry outside. Unfortunately, this is not the best thing to do if you’re an allergy-sufferer. The pollen can cling to your clean laundry and make your allergy symptoms spike when you wear those clothes or sleep in those sheets.
Although avoidance helps control your allergies, it will not solve the problem behind your symptoms. And in order to avoid allergy symptoms altogether, it is crucial to get your allergies treated before they kick in. Here at Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center, we focus on finding the underlying cause behind your allergy symptoms. To do this, we begin with an allergy test, and then based on the results, we determine the right course of treatment for you. If you’re ready to finally find a long-term solution for your allergies, make an appointment with Dr. Pasha today, before the allergy season is here!