Allergies. Ugh. Just the word alone sends some people into a sneezing frenzy. There are numerous allergy medications to help people who suffer from seasonal allergies, but that’s not your only line of defense. Here are 19 tips to not only survive, but also thrive, during allergy season.
Self Care Tips
- Keep your sinuses clean using a nasal irrigation system. Severe allergies don’t stand much of a chance when you regularly clean your nasal cavity and your nostrils with a saline solution. Doing this daily – or even twice a day during allergy season – makes a big difference.
- Leave your shoes at the door. Wearing shoes inside your house tracks allergens everywhere you walk. Instead, create a space near your front entrance where you can leave your shoes.
- Wear a mask anytime you’re cleaning your house or working in the lawn.
- Take a break from your house after you finish chores. It’s normal for dust and other particles to remain in the air for a while once you’re done cleaning. Run an errand, go out to eat, or visit with a friend for a few hours to help prevent your allergies from flaring up.
- Make your bedroom a pet-free zone. This is the best way to protect yourself from pet dander, a source of severe allergy problems. If you can’t bear the thought of Fido and Fluffy slumming it in the hallway, wash your bed linens more often.
- Get rid of the clutter. Piles of boxes, unworn clothing, and undusted trinkets are a haven for dust mites (and even cockroaches), which produce allergic reactions in many people.
- Use household rags only once, especially if you use them to dust. When you use cleaning rags, use hot water when you wash them to clear out any allergens that may linger in the fabric.
- Get rid of mold immediately. If you see mold on any hard surface, use detergent and warm water to wipe it away. Allow the surface to air dry completely. If you have mold on your shower curtain, toss it in the washer (or toss it in the trash if you can’t wash it). You can enjoy a nice fabric shower curtain with a cheap liner, and just replace the liners as needed.
- Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases weekly in hot water, and dry on the highest temperature setting available on your clothes dryer. If you have a kid with severe allergies, also wash any stuffed animals she sleeps with.
- Use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to clean your carpets and furniture at least once a week. The HEPA filter helps reduce the number of allergens in the air. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and replacing your HEPA filters regularly.
- Skip shampooing your carpets. It may seem counter-intuitive, but moisture left in your carpet after it’s cleaned can cause an increase in mold and dust mites.
- Don’t forget your patio. Often, dust from your front porch or back deck is tracked inside as people come in and out of your home. Regularly cleaning those areas means fewer allergens in your house.
- Avoid scented soaps, cleaners, and detergents. Fragrance-free products are better if you have severe allergies.
- Use dust-proof covers on your pillows and on your mattress to keep dust mites out.
- Take down curtains or horizontal blinds used as window coverings. Roll shades are best because they don’t trap dust or allergens.
- Reduce moisture in damp basements by regularly using a dehumidifier. Make sure to keep the unit clean and keep the water bucket empty.
- Filter the air inside your home. Mitsubishi Electric cooling and heating systems use a sophisticated multi-part filter system to reduce allergens from the air as it circulates within a room.
- Keep your windows closed. If temperatures start to rise, turn on your air conditioner to keep your severe allergies under control.
- Evaluate the types of flooring in your home. Carpet traps allergens; you’ll have fewer reactions if you switch to vinyl, tile, or hardwood floors. When choosing rugs, opt for small rugs that are easy to throw in the washing machine.
Performance Based Heating & Air works with allergy sufferers every day to find the HVAC system that’s best for you. In addition to the filter system, you can add an anti-allergen filter to your HVAC unit. This filter, available on select Mitsubishi Electric cooling and heating systems, helps trap dust, pollens, mites and other particles that plague allergy sufferers. With regular cleaning, these filters can last up to 10 years! Download a Product Guide to learn more.