Whether you have a pollen allergy, mold allergy or dust mite allergy, spring is the season when many common allergies seem to be magnified. If you regularly suffer from seasonal allergies, then you need to be prepared for the coming allergy season. At Lakeview Immediate Care, we’re here to help you choose the right seasonal allergies treatments to keep your symptoms at bay, but we also want you to know what you can do to prevent symptoms before they start. Here are some things you can do in your home to help make allergy season more comfortable.
Spring Clean Before Allergies Strike
For those who have allergies to mold and dust mites in addition to pollen, spring cleaning can be brutal. To help, start your spring cleaning early. Dust everything, sweep the floors and rugs, vacuum the furniture and wash the curtains before pollen counts increase. This will help remove allergens from your home before spring weather brings even more.
Keep Out Pollen
Pollen is the enemy if you suffer from spring allergies, so do what you can to keep it out of your home. Leave your shoes in the garage or at the front door to avoid tracking in pollen. Change your clothing once you get home so you don’t spread pollen (that might be on your clothing) throughout your home. Shower before bed to remove allergens from your hair and face. These steps can help minimize the impact of pollen inside your home.
If you see mold, get rid of it. For hard surfaces, water and detergent typically does the trick. If needed, use a mixture of water and 5 percent bleach to kill the mold. Repair any leaks you find in pipes right away, and use a dehumidifier to ensure the area is dry. Wash moldy fabric with soap and water, and discard if that does not remove the mold.
Spring Clean the HVAC System
In addition to replacing an old air filter, make sure your HVAC system has been properly maintained and cleaned. Consider investing in duct cleaning, especially if it’s been a while. Removing the dust, pollen and mold spores from your HVAC system will help limit your seasonal allergies symptoms.
Swap the Front Doormat
A doormat is a great way to stop salt and snow from being tracked into your home, but when temperatures start to rise, it can actually harbor dust mites, mold and pollen. Purchase a new doormat that is washable, and replace the old one for something fresh.
Schedule an Appointment to Discuss Allergy Remedies
Finally, consult with a doctor before allergy season hits in full force to learn how to prepare for allergy season. With extended hours, Lakeview Immediate Care makes it easy to talk to a doctor at a convenient time for you. Our walk-in clinic can help you determine which seasonal allergies treatments will best work for you, and you never need an appointment to see one of our skilled practitioners.
Stop in today to discuss your spring allergies before they hit in full force, or give us a call at 773-227-3669 to make an appointment or discuss your needs as you are preparing for allergy season.