Saturday, October 15, 2011
I have allergies that affect me both Spring and Fall, but Fall is definitely the worst!!!
Seasonal allergies affect 35.9 million Americans. Although it is impossible to avoid allergy triggers altogether, there are ways to help minimize issues.
* Do a thorough Spring and Fall cleaning. Wipe windows, bookshelves, and air conditioning vents and heat vents that collected dust and mold.
* Know your local pollen count. (National Allergy Bureau Website: www.aaaai.org/nab)
* If possible, use air conditioning instead of opening windows.
* When traveling in a car, keep windows up and the air conditioning on.
* Stay indoors on hot, dry, and windy days when allergens get stirred up.
* Don't hang your laundry out to dry. Allergens can collect on it.
* When mowing the lawn or raking leaves, wear a filter mask.
* Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
* Shower and wash your hair every night.
* Remove visible mold using non-toxic cleaning products such as undiluted vinegar or lemon juice mixed with a pinch of salt.
* Pay attention to high mold spore counts after heavy rains or in the evening.
Source: American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.