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Managing Your Allergies in the Fall Season

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For those with allergies, managing symptoms and avoiding triggers are the keys to happiness. In books and online, there is a great deal of resource material available to sufferers. Most of this information focuses on the spring season because springtime is the worst time for those with allergies. However, it is not the only time of year when allergy sufferers are effected. In this article, we’ll explore ten strategies for managing allergies in the fall season.

  1. The growth of mold spores peak during the fall. Check your home for mold inside and out regularly. When you hire a professional to assess the house, fall may be the best time of year to do that. When you experience water damage, deal with it immediately. Ensure comprehensive drying, and replace/discard all contaminated items.

  2. Vaporizers can help sufferers during an attack and as part of a maintenance regimen. That doesn’t mean that you want to keep humidity levels in the home high. In fact, you want to do the opposite. Augment your heating and air conditioning system with a dehumidifier, if need be, and keep levels lower than 50 percent. Doing so inhibits mold growth and dust mite proliferation.

  3. Houseplants are an excellent way to add natural beauty, filtration and odor control to a home. Be careful about over watering, however, because this can lead to mold and higher humidity levels. Some thermostats have a built-in hydrometer. If yours does not, replace it, or buy a hydrometer. Monitor those levels, and be sure to keep the level within the proper range.

  4. Your bedroom should be a safe haven. Cover your mattress and all of your pillows, including throws, with allergen-proof covers. Bedding is a hot spot for dust mites, which feed on the dead skin cells. These allergen-proof covers, which are easy to clean, prevent that. Each week, wash all bedding in hot water (140+ degrees), and vacuum carpets, furniture and curtains using a HEPA-filtered vacuum.

  5. Pay attention to pollen counts. During the spring, this is second nature, but many of us let it slip during the cooler months. That’s a mistake. The pollen may not be as obvious but it can still be at levels high enough to trigger a severe attack. Even during the winter a dry warm day can cause pollen levels to surge. Plan your activities accordingly, and monitor local pollen counts.

  6. Maintain and use your air conditioner even during the cooler months, when necessary. With proper ventilation and filtration, you’ll still get the benefit of fresh air. If you have to air out the house, then that is a sign of a problem with the air quality. Use HEPA filters for your furnace or central air system, and change those filters out on a regular schedule. Also keep in mind that those filters do not protect you they are in the furnace to protect the furnace and the fan and motor from dust.

  7. Use a portable HEPA air purifier. HEPA filters remove 99.97% of all airborne particles 0.3 microns and larger, which include dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold, mold spores, pollen and airborne allergens. Most high quality HEPA air purifiers, also have an activated carbon filter that removes gases, chemicals and odors from the air.

  8. Be proactive, even in the fall, take your allergy medication before you feel the symptoms of congestion, sneezing, coughing and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Using allergy skin tests can help determine when symptoms will arise.

  9. Remove indoor air pollution sources. Many allergy sufferers use products that release indoor irritants without realizing it. Scented cleaning solutions, personal care items, incense, potpourri and even air fresheners are release harmful VOC's. A wood-burning stove can be particularly bothersome to an allergy sufferer. Replace it, or ensure adequate ventilation.

  10. Avoid carpet where possible. Carpet traps dust, which traps toxic pollutants and irritants. Instead, opt for hardwood floors, tile and linoleum. Carpeted areas require frequent vacuuming. Do so at least once per week. However it’s not a bad idea to do so daily and whenever you dust. Always use a HEPA-type vacuum cleaner.

As you can see in these ten proven techniques, HEPA filtration is frequently mentioned. That’s because it is effective at removing airborne pollutants and allergens. It’s also the choice of the EPA, American Lung Association and hospitals all around the world. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority (HKHA) even used HEPA filtration systems from IQAir to combat the SARS outbreak. For family health, a portable HEPA air purifier is one of the greatest investments you can make.

 

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