ALLERGIES & YOU
Because allergy management is also about lifestyles, here are some advice to deal with allergies throughout the year.
TIPS TO MINIMIZE YOUR EXPOSITION TO POLLEN
– Use sunglasses during pollination period to protect your eyes and decrease their allergen exposure.- Air your home after sunset, when concentration of pollen in the air is lower.
– At home, use air purifiers to avoid pollen inhalation.
– Place a pollen filter in the air conditioning system of your car and remind to wash it regularly.
– To clean your house, use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air).
– Every morning, check an online pollen tracker to know when pollen counts are high.
– If you are sporty and enjoy running outside, avoid doing it from 5am to 10 am and from 7pm to 10 pm since the concentration of pollen in the air is higher!
From 5am to 10am, plants open and begin to release pollen.
From 7 pm to 10 pm pollen goes down from the atmosphere since temperatures are getting cooler.
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A DOG, HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO PREVENT PET ALLERGIES
– Keep the dog outside. It may take weeks or months before your house is free of pet allergens.
– Keep your dog clean and bathe it weekly in warm water. This may reduce the amount of dog dander and dog saliva deposited throughout your home.
– Get a groomer to bathe your dog so you’re not exposed to the allergens.
– Wash the dog’s bedding weekly to remove excess dander.
– Keep the dog out of the bedroom and off the bed during sleep.
HOUSE DUST MITES
KILLING OFF DUST MITES AT HOME IS POSSIBLE BY CHANGING THEIR ENVIRONMENT
– Weekly changing the bed linen, washing with hot water.
– Most dust mites die when humidity levels are below 50%. A dehumidifier or air conditioner can help maintain a lower humidity level at home.
– Regular ventilating of the room, every day, even several times a day in dry weather.
– Banishing carpets, rugs, and other dust mites nests.
– Use of dust-mite-proof pillowcases and linen.