Seven solutions for wintertime allergies
Friday 31 December 2010
Winter may bring welcome relief from hay fever symptoms, but spending time hunkered inside the house can stir allergies for some people, causing sneezing, snifling, and general misery. Experts offer up seven solutions to help bring some relief.
The cold winter months lead to staying indoors and using your household heating system, which can allow air and particles, such as pet dander, dust, and mold, to recirculate through the home, providing continual exposure to allergens. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and/or a sore throat. On December 27, The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) offered a few tips if you're suffering:
1. Reduce the moisture in your home to keep dust mites in check. Maintain humidity below 55 percent, and don't use a humidifier or a vaporizer.
2. Filter out dust and other allergens by installing a high-efficiency furnace filter with a MERV rating of 11 or 12, and be sure to change it every three months.
3. Banish allergens from the bedroom (where you spend a third of your life). "Keep pets and their dander out, and encase mattresses and pillows with dust-mite proof covers," said allergist Dr. Myron Zitt. "Limit curtains - use blinds that can be washed instead."
4. Keep it clean. A clean home is especially important for allergy sufferers, who should wear a dust mask while dusting. Wash bedding and stuffed animals in hot water every 14 days and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
5. Turn on the fan or open the window to reduce mold growth in bathrooms (while bathing) and kitchens (while cooking).
6. Don't overlook the garage if it's attached to the house. Noxious odors or fumes can trigger asthma, so move insecticides, stored gasoline, and other irritants to a shed.
7. Box up books and knick-knacks and limit the number of indoor plants in your home. When you are buying new furniture, such as chairs or sofas, opt for leather or other nonporous surfaces to make cleaning easier.
Is it a cold or allergies? Find out at MedicineNet.
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