As spring is coming, many people may face the risk of spring allergy and asthma.
Scientists suggest people clean out winter’s cobwebs and freshen up their home to get rid of allergens such as dust, mold, and pet dander.
Todd Mahr, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), gives five tips to do spring cleaning.
Remove pet dander
Pet dander can build up over the winter and make allergy and asthma symptoms worse. Along with dander, levels of fur and saliva can build up.
Therefore, it is best to remove pet allergens with vacuum and wash all pet belongings carefully, including the pet’s bed.
Keep window closed during allergy season
The researcher suggests people keep their windows closed during the spring allergy season.
This is because spring breezes and open windows can bring in unwanted pollen that leads to allergy. You can use air conditioners to protect yourself.
Use effective tools to help you clean
There are some tools can help you clean the whole house. For example, you can change your air filters every three months and use filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12.
You can use a cyclonic vacuum to spins dust and dirt away from the floor.
You can wash bedding and stuffed animals weekly.
Get rid of mold
Mold can grow anywhere there is water and harms people who have a mold allergy.
To remove mold, you need to reduce moisture in your house, especially in your basement, bathroom, kitchen or in a pile of leaves in your backyard.
Researchers suggest people use bathroom fans and clean up any standing water. Also, people should keep their home humidity below 60%.
Finally, take medicines before symptoms occur
Research has shown that spring allergy symptoms can begin much earlier than when spring starts.
Therefore, people can start taking medications two to three weeks before the symptoms usually begin.
It is important to talk to your allergist if over-the-counter drugs aren’t helping.
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