clock November 20, 2012 comments No Comments flowchart Family & Home CareOur Blog tag Health

Now that the weather is getting colder, all you seasonal allergy sufferers might be breathing a sigh of relief.  Usually with colder weather there is a lull in seasonal allergy symptoms.  However, a whole different set of people with allergies are just starting to dread the colder weather because it means their indoor allergies might start acting up.

Here are a few tips to help make your indoor allergy symptoms a little more bearable this season:

•    Keep your floors clear of dust, pet hair and other particulates by vacuuming at least once a week with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.
•    Install a HEPA air filter in your air conditioning unit.  They may cost a few dollars more than the regular air filters, but if you have allergies they are worth it.
•    Keep stuffed animals to a minimum.  If your child must have them, wash them weekly in hot water.
•    Use bedding that is hypo- allergenic.  Also use zippered dust-proof covers for your pillows and mattresses to keep dust mites to a minimum.
•    Prevent mold from growing in those moist areas of your home.  Your bathrooms, shower stalls, basements, garbage pails all can be perfect breeding grounds for mold.  Keep everything clean and clear of mold by using a bleach solution to kill off the mold.

Avoiding those things that cause your allergy symptoms is the best way to go to prevent them from taking over your life.  Make sure you also wash your clothing and take daily rinses to keep yourself as allergy-free as you can.  Hopefully the winter season won’t be too bad on you.  Also, contact your health insurance carrier to see if they have any type of allergy program that offers additional helpful information about your allergies.  Having as much knowledge of the subject as you can could be your best defense.