Holiday Allergy Tips
It seems like November rolls around and everyone has allergies again just in time for the Holidays, what’s happening?
There’s nothing worse than a runny nose
. Whether you’re having a holiday party or going to one, showing up with a runny nose, and itchy watery eyes is the worst . Hay fever is usually associated with spring, but seasonal allergies can also spike during the fall months. Cool autumn air harbors irritants, mold spores, and ragweed that can be just as unpleasant as pollen. Try to minimize outside exposure, wear protective clothing, and close your windows at night.
That said, staying indoors won’t work.
Air quality can diminish with dirty, clogged air vents and heating ducts. Service your filtering systems every season. Also, low fall humidity dries out mucous membranes and leads to inflammation, while the cold, dry air causes the lining of the nose to become swollen, resulting in a stuffy and runny nose. eh! While having too much humidity will allow mold and dust mites to multiply, you should try to keep levels between 35 and 50 percent.
Millions of micro irritants oh my. Dust mites and pet dander are the most common indoor allergy and asthma triggers. We know you like to sleep with your dog, but it’s probably not a good idea if you suffer from allergies. To prevent you or your guests from sneezing all night long, thoroughly dust and vacuum rooms more frequently. For overnight guests wash bedding in hot water, and use mattress protectors. If you have allergies and are doing the visiting, pack your own allergen-proof pillow covering.
Tips to Get You Through
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- Minimize outdoor exposure to known irritants.
- Ideal indoor humidity is from 35 to 50%, use a humidifier to help relieve nasal problems.
- Changing air vent filters and servicing heating systems can ease airborne symptoms.
- Dusting and Vacuuming rooms more often will keep dust mites, pet dander, and other indoor triggers under control.
- Sleep better by using pillow and mattress protectors that provide a physical barrier to dust mites, mold and mildew.