Confused as to why you’re sneezing your head off during the winter? Allergies only happen during the springtime, right? Wrong. While allergies run rampant during the spring because of the access of pollen from blooming plants, indoor allergies during the winter can be just as bad. If you suffer from indoor allergies, we’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you nix any indoor triggers.
- Turn on the exhaust fans. When showering or cooking something as simple as turning on your exhaust fans can help remove excess humidity and odors.
- Wash your hands frequently. Duh! Not only can washing your hands decrease the transmission of common viruses, it also can help reduce exposure to allergens.
- Launder linens in hot water (above 130 degrees). Washing your sheets frequently and at a high temperature can help get rid of dust mites.
- Change your air filters every 3 months. Air filters capture allergens so they aren’t being constantly pumped into your home’s air.
- Keep Your Pets Pretty Clean. Have pets? Make sure that you are bathing them every week or every other week to cut down on allergy-causing pet dander.
- Perform an indoor and outdoor survey of your home. Each month it’s a good idea to look for visible mold spots and identify areas at high risk for mold formation.
While these are great tips that can drastically help with your indoor allergies, it’s always a good idea to see a doctor when dealing with troublesome allergies.