Spring has sprung (or so we’ve been told)! Along with the spring buds and blooms comes allergy symptoms. To help our patients minimize the effect of spring allergies, we’re offering a week of handy tips. First up? Spring cleaning.
People often associate it with clearing out extra “stuff” lying around the house. Tidying up this spring will do more than just make your home look better – it will help you feel better. To help your spring allergies, spring cleaning will require a little elbow grease.
Tip #1: Don’t open those windows!
Over the winter months, allergens like pet dander, mold and dust accumulate in our homes (yuck). Because, of that lots of our patients are tempted to open their windows to “air out” the house. But don’t open those windows just yet! More than just warm spring breezes will make their way into your house: It will also bring in the tree pollen that has traveled for hundreds of miles right into your nose, eyes and lungs.
Tip #2: Wash away the yuck
The best way to get those lingering allergens out of your house is with a good old-fashioned deep house cleaning.
Here’s the quick checklist:
- Aim to vacuum high-traffic areas 2-3 times per week.
- Wash upholstery, bedding, and pet beds.
- Have indoor rugs cleaned.
- Clean any mold build-up in bathrooms and basements.
- Look for water damage in your home. Where there’s water damage there’s sure to be mold. You can have water damage (and the accompanying mold) treated by professionals.
Remember, you’re not alone. Everyone at Allergy & Asthma Care is here to help! Allergies shouldn’t limit you from enjoying the people and activities you love to do. To see one of our board certified allergists, make an appointment today.