Four Tips to Manage Winter Allergies

December 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

While most people associate allergy symptoms like sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes with warm, spring weather, the truth is some of the top allergy triggers are actually more common indoors than outdoors. And since most of us spend the winter months primarily inside, allergy symptoms are surprisingly common this time of year.

Here’s what you can do to help control winter allergies:

  1. Maintain household humidity. Mold and dust mites are two of the most common indoor allergens, and both thrive in high humidity. So aim to keep indoor humidity less than 50 percent. You can achieve a comfortable, safe environment by running exhaust fans when cooking, showering and bathing, and using a humidifier or dehumidifier to maintain household humidity at 30 to 40 percent.
  2. Install high-efficiency filters. High-efficiency furnace filters capture up to 30 times as many allergens as traditional furnace filters. They trap allergens like pet dander, molds and dust mites instead of recirculating the particles throughout your home.
  3. Clean your house. Regular vacuuming, wet mopping, laundering and general cleanliness will go a long way toward decreasing allergen exposure and allergy symptoms. Vacuum your carpets at least weekly using a vacuum with a HEPA filter or micro filter bag. Wet mop linoleum, tile and wooden floors to remove dust, pet dander and molds.
  4. Minimize exposure to pets. Or create a pet haven. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog or cat. The best way to control or eliminate pet-associated allergies is to limit your exposure to animals. If you (or a family member) have a pet, don’t allow your pet free access to the house. Create a dedicated space for your pet to eat, sleep and play.


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