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Top “At Home” Tips for Seasonal Allergies

Every spring, we breathe a sigh of relief as the thermometer finally climbs above freezing. Unfortunately, that sigh of relief is followed by a sneeze and a cough.

In other words, springtime means trading frigid temperatures for seasonal allergies symptoms.

While getting rid of spring allergy symptoms can be slightly more complicated than putting on a coat during the winter, there are steps you can take. Here are our top tips:

Spring Cleaning: To some, spring cleaning might simply mean donating unused clothes and clearing the basement and garage of clutter. But for sufferers of spring allergies, a more literal approach may be necessary.

A thorough job would include vacuuming carpets with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) equipped vacuum, as well as steam cleaning drapes, upholstered couches, and chairs. In addition, you’ll want to dust shelves and furniture, clean the baseboards, and mop your hard floors.

Replace Filters: If they’re due for replacement, spring is a good time to install fresh filters in your home’s heating and cooling system, preferably with HEPA versions if possible.

Consider an Air Purifier: Numerous studies have suggested that indoor air can be dirtier than outdoor air. While most of these studies look at offices and factories, you can apply some of the same wisdom to your home. The EPA, which refers to dirty indoor air symptoms as “Sick Building Syndrome,” suggests air cleaners as a means to improve the very air you breathe for the majority of your days and nights.

The EPA stresses that all air cleaners are not created equal. You need to choose a model which efficiently “…collects pollutants from indoor air (expressed as a percentage efficiency rate)…” and also draws a high volume of air “…through the cleaning or filtering element (expressed in cubic feet per minute).” In other words, make an investment on an air filter which moves a lot of air and does an effective job filtering.

Don’t Over Water Houseplants: Your houseplants look nice, and can (in very small amounts) help oxygenate your indoor air. Some studies suggest plants can even help clean the air. Unfortunately, if you over water your plants, the EPA warns “…overly damp soil may promote the growth of microorganisms which can affect allergic individuals.”

Maintain Correct Indoor Humidity and Temperature: In the spring and summer, temperatures rise, and along with it, humidity. This is a bad combination because it can lead to the growth of mold and dust mites. For allergy sufferers, it’s extra important to keep your indoor humidity between 30% and 50%. An indoor temperature around 67 degrees Fahrenheit is typically considered comfortable, but below the threshold of 68 to 77 degrees where dust mites thrive.

Mattress Protector: Your mattress, if left unprotected, will collect a full range of allergens which include dust mites and pollen. That’s bad news because then you’ll be sleeping on the most allergen-rich place in your home.

To minimize allergens in your sleep environment, consider a mattress protector/mattress encasement, and a box spring cover. These will seal allergens out of your mattress and box spring, dramatically reducing the number of allergens you’re exposed to while you sleep. As a side benefit, quality mattress encasements prevent spills from seeping into your mattress, which would otherwise cause mold.

Pillow Protector: A pillow can be every bit as good at attracting allergens as your mattress and box spring. Even worse, it places the allergens inches from your nose and mouth. As such, seasonal allergy sufferers would be wise to install a pillow protector/pillow cover, too.

Allergy Relief Starts In Bed: Whether you suffer from pollen allergy symptoms, dust mites, or mold, Protect-A-Bed products can augment your other seasonal allergies treatments by providing additional allergy relief:

We’re confident these tips will help improve the quality of your sleep this spring!

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