While spring and summer are still considered to be the seasons of allergies, winter months may become severe for young and old people who are sensitive to dust mites and spores.
Because of spending much time indoors during the winter months, people become more exposed to such irritants and allergens like smoke, pet dander, dust mites, gas fumes, household chemicals and sprays. All these allergens can make some individuals’ lives miserable. Those ones who got used to seasonal allergies can be as well affected during the winter months.
It is very important to make sure that your house is mold-free. Mold spores can be anywhere, causing even harder symptoms of allergy than pollen, for example.The following tips can help you prevent winter allergies, making winter months pleasant and calm even if you spend most of your time indoor.
- Use the exhaust fan when cooking or showering in order to reduce the odors and excessive humidity.
- Wash hands more frequently than you usually do during the warm months. It is important especially after returning from public places and after playing with your family pet. This will help you to diminish winter viruses’ transmission and decrease the amount of pet allergens.
- Regularly clean up home carpets with a HEPA vacuum cleaner and mop the floors. These activities can be very effective against pet allergens and dust mites as well.
- Launder the pajamas and bed linens in hot water (more than 120 degrees) to remove dust mites.
- Make your bedroom the safest place in your house. As you spend most of the time here, your bedrooms should have the minimal amount of allergens. Try to keep your bedroom free of rags, carpets, plants and pets.
- Regularly change filter and water in the humidifier according the recommendations of the manufacturer. This will prevent the damage you may have from growing bacteria or/ and mold.
- Use humidifier and dehumidifier to make the indoor humidity level between thirty to forty percent.
- During the Christmas time spray your Christmas tree with a garden hose and make sure to remove all dust from the holiday decorations.
- Performing an indoor and outdoor survey of the house will help you to
find areas subjected to mold growth and apply the preventive measures.