We all love the beginning of spring, when harsh winter temperatures give way to mild spring days and everything turns green. However, spring also means the start of spring allergies, which plague millions of people around the world. Typically, pollen is the main culprit behind spring allergies; however, there are a few other causes you need to watch out for. Our team at Allied Services, Inc. has put together a list of spring allergies and the best ways to avoid them, to help you find some relief from your symptoms this season.
Trees, grasses, weeds, and other plants produce pollen which is moved into the air by birds, bees, and wind currents. When the pollen gets into the nose of someone who’s allergic to it, that person’s body releases a chemical called histamine into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms that are all too familiar if you have allergies.
The best way to avoid pollen allergies is to keep your windows closed as much as possible. We know it’s tempting to let the fresh air in after a long winter, but the more they are open, the better the chance of letting pollen into your home. Pollen can also cling to your clothes and shoes, so use an outdoor mat and wash your clothes often.
Dust mites are microscopic critters that trigger allergies year-round. They feed on the tiny flakes of dead skin that humans produce every day and are almost impossible to completely get rid of because they can work their way deep into the fibers of your furniture and carpets. Dust mites produce a waste that is a common allergen for many people, and that causes sneezing, coughing, and other common allergy symptoms. They are also known to trigger symptoms for those with asthma.
Dust mites are very difficult to remove, as dusting and vacuuming are not enough to keep them at bay. However, regular washing of bed sheets with hot water will remove dead skin and keep dust mites away. It may also be wise to invest in a mattress cover to prevent them from finding their way into the fibers. Most importantly, dust mites thrive in 70 to 80 percent humidity levels so use your air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep humidity levels around 50 percent.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew build-up is another common allergy trigger in the spring. It can grow in areas of your home that are prone to moisture and humidity, such as basements, attics, laundry rooms, and bathrooms.
Keeping humidity levels low are key, especially in basements and attics, so make sure your dehumidifier is turned on. If your home doesn’t already have a dehumidifier, our team at Allied Services can install one for you! Also, be sure to use fans during showers and baths to remove moisture in the air. Finally, check your plumbing for leaks to help keep excess moisture at bay.