Spring is here and so is the start of allergy season. If you are suffering with itchy, watery eyes along with nasal congestion and are unsure what to do, here is some advice from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
EmpowHer interviewed Brian Oliver from AAFA to discuss the steps someone should take if they are new to allergy symptoms. Brian said, “We suggest you go see an allergist. That is the only way you are going to figure out what is really going on.”
“Fifty percent of people self diagnose and treat their own allergies but they don’t really know what they are allergic to.”
Brian went on to say, “ The allergen may be indoors or outdoors. If you go see a doctor, he will be able to develop an action plan to control your exposure and prevent future exposures.”
People spend 75 percent of their time indoors so attention to your indoor environment is very important. The top indoor allergens are pet dander and dust mites.
There are a few of ways people can reduce their exposure to indoor allergens.
First, use an indoor portable air purifier filter with a True HEPA filter that safely eliminates 99.97 percent of indoor air particles like pollen, dust and pet dander.
This is particularly important in the bedroom as it can help clear the air you breathe when you are sleeping. Animals that sleep in the bedroom shed their dander, which contains allergens, onto the bed. It is best to keep animals out of the bedroom but if you can’t, wash linens frequently.
Second, thoroughly check, clean and protect your bedding.
People tend to have the same pillows and bedding for years and they can become contaminated with allergens. Pillows and mattresses should be protected with certified covers to prevent dust mite exposure while you sleep.
Third, vacuum thoroughly and vacuum often.
The vacuum cleaner should have a HEPA filter and be certified by AAFA. It should offer minimal exposure to contents during canister emptying or bag changing.