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Asthma and Allergy Tips for the Holidays

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Many people think of allergy season as spring and summer, but for many asthma and allergy sufferers, the “season” is a year-round event. In fact, symptoms often worsen during the wintertime because of all the additional time we spend indoors. The indoor air quality is worse because you have to deal with more allergens at even higher levels of concentration. For many, the holidays are a real bear. The holidays can be difficult enough with all the responsibilities, all the traveling and all the family. The last thing you want to deal with is difficulty breathing and perpetual cold-like symptoms that wear you down and sap all the fun out of the holidays. So in order to help you stave off that holiday nightmare, we’ve assembled a series of strategies that should help keep your symptoms in check and the holiday fun in motion.

  1. The holidays are a time for decorations, and many of us keep those decorations in attics, basements and garages. Not surprisingly, they’re loaded with dust, mold and other irritants, and these can all set off severe attacks. So before bringing them in, go through them, and clean them one by one. This year, when you take down your decorations, clean them again, seal them and store them properly.

  2. Many people suffer from tree and pollen allergies but choose to grin and bear it for the holidays. The problem with this is that you are severely underestimating the irritation that a real tree or wreath can cause. Modern artificial trees are remarkably beautiful. Opt for one of those instead, but avoid those covered with “fake snow,” and target one that has no- or low-VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

  3. The smells are some of the best aspects of the holidays, and during the holidays we're apt to introduce many scent-creators into the home. Most of these are a big problem for allergy and asthma sufferers. Potpourri, oils, candles and other store-bought air fresheners are significant irritants. Avoid them and stick to natural solutions, such as house plants that don’t produce irritants.

  4. The holidays are also a time when we like to have a nice warm fire. Some of us burn wood and some of us use a gas or electric fireplace. Unfortunately, wood burning and even gas fireplaces introduce a great deal of particles into the air, and these particulates can cause attacks and exacerbate symptoms.

  5. When giving out gifts, be mindful of those people with asthma and allergies. If you’re a sufferer, you probably think about this stuff all the time. Non-sufferers likely don’t recognize the issue. For instance, stuffed animals are a popular gift for children, but most stuffed animals are a terrible gift for children with asthma and they can cause asthma attacks due to all the loose fibers.

  6. Even if you and your immediate family are not sufferers, take measures to reduce irritants in the home if you’re serving as holiday hosts this year. A thorough cleaning, even in generally clean houses, prior to the holidays can go a long way toward making a sufferer comfortable during their stay. In addition, vacuum using a cleaner with a HEPA filter, which helps to remove many of the fine irritants that tend to linger.

  7. Purchase and run a portable HEPA air purifier. In fact, whether you suffer or not, you should use a HEPA air purifier year-round to ensure that you are breathing the purest air possible. HEPA removes 99.97% of all airborne particulates down to 0.3 microns in size, and all known airborne allergens are larger than that. Most HEPA air purifiers also have an activated carbon component that removes chemicals, gases and even odors.

Visit your allergist. Talk to them specifically about holiday triggers. Each person’s allergies are different, and you might be surprised at how effective individualized strategies can be. For instance, you may be introducing a substance to your home during the holidays that you would never suspect but is setting off an attack.

A top quality brand HEPA air purifier is the best step you can take to ensure optimal lung and heart health. HEPA filters are so effective that some sufferers never have another symptom indoors as long as their HEPA air purifier is running. Isn’t that the kind of relief you and your family deserve? Stop suffering. Get your HEPA air purifier from Clean Air Plus today.


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