Feb 9, 2012
Quick and Easy Ways to Minimize Spring Allergens
- Keep windows closed at all times to prevent pollen from drifting into your home. Instead, cool your home with air conditioning, which also cleans and dries the air (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology).
- Cleanse indoor air and kill airborne germs and bacteria with an air purifying system. Guardian Technologies® has expanded its family of air purifiers with new models that offer multiple levels of filtration – including HEPA – and include UV-C light technology, which kills airborne germs and bacteria. The new additions include tower or table-top models to fit any need (http://www.guardiantechnologies.com).
- Keep your dryer vent clear, as lint build-up can cause an excess of dust in your house (www.emaxhealth.com).
- Minimize activities in the early morning – between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. – when pollen is typically released (www.covenanthealth.org).
- Allergens such as pollen tend to stick to fabrics, which allows them to be deposited on furniture and other surfaces when you come in from outside. Wash bedding, pajamas and clothes as often as possible to rid them of troublesome allergens during the spring season (www.webmd.com).
- Shower after spending time outside – pollen can also collect on your hair and skin, aggravating symptoms (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology).
- Catch small dust and allergen particles in the home by using a vacuum cleaner equipped with HEPA filtration, such as the Guardian Technologies® GGU350TT 2-in-1 Upright & Canister Vacuum or the GGU300 2-in-1 Upright & Canister Vacuum (http://www.guardiantechnologies.com).
- Wash bedding once a week in hot water to help get rid of dust mites and other allergy triggers (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology).
- For patients with grass pollen allergy, remaining indoors when grass is mowed and avoiding playing in fields of tall grass may be helpful. (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology).