Winter is almost here; nevertheless, many allergy sufferers do not get a break from sneezing, itchy eyes, sniffles, and scratchy throats. There are several things homeowners and families can do to help ease the irritation for those susceptible to pollen and other fall irritants.
In this post, we are discussing six steps for easing the burden of allergies during fall and winter:
1) Vacuum Floors and Clean Surfaces Daily
Though it may seem like a lot, you may need to dust, clean surfaces and vacuum floors every day. Consider having family members take off shoes at the door, so as to reduce the number of allergens they bring into your home.
2) Maintain Your HVAC Unit
Your home’s HVAC system is you biggest weapon in the battle against indoor allergies. Make sure your system is regularly and properly maintained, which includes:
- Replacing air filters monthly
- Checking for leaks
- Cleaning fans
- Opening all supply and return vents
- Maintaining proper clearance (2 feet)
3) Correct Your Tongue Thrust
Tongue thrust describes the process by which the tongue learns to rest improperly in the mouth. For allergy sufferers with tongue thrust breathing will be even more difficult. Improper tongue position can contribute to a number of other issues, including:
- Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Deprivation
- Speech Issues
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4) Check for and Remediate Mold
Fall and winter allergies may have less to do with pollen, and more to do with mold. Symptoms present similarly to pollen and dust allergies, but may contribute to additional health issues if not corrected. Mold will hide wherever moisture is present, areas in your home that include:
- In bathrooms and near the shower
- Underneath kitchen sinks and appliances
- In basements and crawlspaces
- On window sills
- Near leaking water heaters and other water damage
If you find mold, have a professional remediate it.
5) Bag and Dispose of Fallen Leaves
Though some homeowners may enjoy the natural look of fallen leaves, their presence creates an environment in which outdoor mold and mildew can develop and thrive. If you have allergy sufferers, you may consider raking and bagging leaves, to reduce the presence of mold and mildew.
6) Consider a Plastic Christmas Tree
Your allergy sufferers may be allergic to the sap or bark of a real Christmas tree, so consider replacing with a faux-tree.