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Many people think that by the time the holidays get here, that allergies are gone for the year. That isn’t true, however, and many people often misdiagnose their wintertime allergies as colds and other ailments. Wintertime allergens are indoor allergens, such as dust, pet dander and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which people are more susceptible to due to reduced ventilation and above-average pollutant concentrations. The holidays can be a particularly challenging period because we often squeeze a large number of family and friends into relatively small areas. The holidays can be so intense, in fact, that many people actually experience worse allergies during this time of year than they do during the traditional allergy season. The good news is that holiday allergens are manageable with the proper steps and precautions. In that spirit, here is a series of tips that will help you maintain a comfortable living environment throughout the year:

  • Most people store Christmas decorations in a manner conducive to collecting dust, mold spores and other irritants. To avoid these irritants, unpack the decorations carefully, preferably outdoors, and wipe each decoration down before displaying it. When the holidays are over, clean them again, seal them in plastic bags and store them in airtight containers.

  • If any family member or friend has a pollen allergy, then an artificial tree is a better alternative. Make sure not to use spray snow, which can be an irritant even for those with minor allergies. If you do opt for a live tree, then avoid mold by wiping the trunk down in a 1:20 bleach-water solution. Prior to bringing the tree indoors, use a leaf blower to remove all pollen and loose foliage.

  • Do not create holiday smells artificially. Avoid using air fresheners, fragranced candles, oils, potpourri and so forth. Instead, use natural sources, such as Christmas houseplants or ingredients like cinnamon, citrus and vanilla.

  • A fire creates a warm and festive mood for holiday get-togethers. Unfortunately, a wood fire can also be a great source of respiratory irritation. To avoid this, consider using a gas-burning rather than wood-burning solution. If using gas, inspect all vents first and opt for secured doors rather than screens.

  • If a friend or family member has an allergy, keep that in mind when choosing his or her gift. Common gifts like stuffed animals can actually be a significant trigger for children with allergies. Be sure to look for toys that are labeled asthma and allergy friendly.

  • Prior to the holidays allergy proof your home with a thorough cleaning that includes cleaning behind the appliances and heavy furniture that you usually skip over. After dusting each room with a microfiber cloth or a slightly damp cloth, vacuum using a cleaner that is fitted with a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter will ensure that dust is removed and not just redistributed. Also, be sure to change your furnace filter at the start of the season.

  • Invest in a portable HEPA air purifier. They are particularly effective since they can be moved to the area of greatest concentration. HEPA filtration removes 99.97 percent of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, which includes dust, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and pollen.

A high quality HEPA air purifier can provide great relief throughout the year for those who suffer from asthma and allergies. A HEPA air purifier can also be beneficial to everyone by ensuring that they’re breathing the cleanest air possible, air free from pollution, contaminants and toxins. Experience an allergen-free holiday for the first time this year by purchasing a HEPA air purifier from Clean Air Plus.

 

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