Spring is here again and this year the pollen count is especially high.
People are sneezing, sniffling, wheezing and coughing everywhere you go.
For the pollen sufferers, here are a few helpful hints.
Keep your windows closed. It is tempting to open them during these beautiful spring days, but it allows pollen into the home.
The pollen count is at its highest during the early morning and at nighttime so try to stay indoors. Remove your shoes at the door when you return inside so you are not tracking pollen into the house. Change your clothes when you come indoors and taking a shower after being outdoors washes the pollen from your hair and skin.
Some helpful tips to ensure your home is allergy free include: wash your bedding twice a week in hot water. Be sure to wash all linen on your bed (including your blankets). Encase your mattress and pillows with allergy covers to ensure dust mites are unable to flourish. If you have carpeting, consider removing this, especially from the bedroom this is a very complex source of allergens.
Keep your air conditioning running and maintain the humidity level below 55%. Maintaining your home clean and dust free is also imperative. The use of a HEPA air purifier will help cleanse and purify your air of pollen, dust, animal dander and mold spores. If you have pets, do not allow them into your bedroom, they carry in pollen from the outdoors.