When colder weather arrives, many people who suffer from allergies can take a breath of air without serious symptoms for the first time in quite a while.
However, the colder weather also means it is more difficult to spend large amounts of time outside. When you are forced inside, you are exposed to an all new source of allergens. Your home is a breeding ground for pet dander, mold, dust, and other particles.
The symptoms of indoor allergies, including pet dander, mold, and dust are similar to traditional allergies you have experienced in the past:
- Stuffy and runny nose
- Teary, itchy, or red eyes
- Tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing
While you can speak with an ENT specialist in Florida to learn how to reduce your symptoms, there are also steps you can take to help reduce the allergens in your home.
Replace Your Furnace Filters
If you are turning on the heat, you should understand that allergens such as pet dander and dust may be lurking in your air ducts.
It is a good idea to use a high-efficiency furnace filter to reduce the number of harmful particles circulating through your home. Also, make sure to change the filter on a regular basis.
Change Your Bedding
Did you know that items in your home, such as the upholstered furniture, carpeting, mattresses, and pillows may be full of dust mites?
A good way to reduce the number of critters is to encase your mattresses, pillows, and box springs with allergen-proof covers. This can help you minimize the allergens you encounter while sleeping. Washing your pillowcases and sheets in hot water one time a week can also help you keep dust mites away.
Clean Your House Frequently
Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter at least one time a week can reduce the amount of pet dander and the number of dust mites present.
When dusting around your Knick knacks and books, make sure you use an electrostatic or microfiber cloth that will hold onto the dust rather than just moving it around. While you are vacuuming and dusting, dust is going to get stirred up into the air. If you are allergic, make sure to us an N95 mask to reduce your reaction to the dust.
If possible, it is a good idea to avoid wall to wall carpeting. Hardwood flooring is easier to clean because you can see where the dust and dirt is.
Avoid Pet Dander
If you treat your pets like part of the family, there is a good chance they spend a lot of their time inside.
Pet allergens are present in the saliva and dander of dogs and cats and no breed is completely allergy-free. Bathing your animals one time a week can help you reduce the amount of dander that is shed.
When you know how to reduce indoor allergens you can breathe easier throughout the year.
Also Read: 4 Common Indoor Allergens
Consult with an ENT Specialist about Your Allergens Today
You should also speak with your ENT in Florida to learn more about what you can do to make it easier for you to breathe. If you want more information about reducing indoor allergies, contact us today.