Preparing Your Home For The Upcoming Allergy Season
Learn how to limit your allergy symptoms from your Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo and Simi Valley ENTs.
Spring weather means an increase in allergy symptoms. Although you can't get rid of outdoor allergens, you can do a few things to reduce allergens indoors. The doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo and Simi Valley, CA, share a few tips you'll want to keep in mind.
Clean air-conditioner filters
Air-conditioners filter out pollens, but they can't do a good job if they're clogged. Clean your filters before spring arrives and make a point to clean them at least once a month during allergy season.
Wash those allergens away
Allergens can collect on both hard and soft surfaces in your home. Wash throws, throw pillows, baseboards and floors regularly and vacuum carpets and upholstery. Keep non-essential items in covered containers to reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do.
Create a shoe-free zone
Leave your shoes on a covered porch or place them in a covered container. Although you can't see pollen and other allergens, they can hitch a ride on your shoes and enter your home with you, triggering your symptoms.
Bathe pets regularly
Your pet's fur also collects allergens, particularly if your furry friend enjoys rolling around on your lawn. Washing your dog or cat (if it goes outdoors) is a simple way to removes allergens. Because bathing your pet every day probably isn't practical, wash pet bedding frequently and create a pet-free zone in your bedroom.
Get rid of mold and dust mites
Many people who are allergic to grasses and pollens are also allergic to mold and dust mites. Use special covers on your mattresses and pillows to reduce your exposure, plus make sure you use hot water to wash sheets, blankets and pillowcases. Use your bathroom fan every time you shower or bathe to prevent mold and mildew buildup in your shower.
Reducing allergens in your home and visiting your ENT when allergy symptoms strike can make this spring much more pleasant. Call the doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo and Simi Valley, CA, to schedule your appointment.