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Ways To Keep Your Spring Allergies Under Control

by Matthew Fields

If you're one of the 50 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you understand the challenges that generally occur trying to keep troublesome symptoms at bay. Learning ways to control your allergy symptoms starts with trying to avoid common triggers and keeping your home environment as clean as possible. Here are just a few ways in which you can get an upper hand on your allergies in order to find some relief this allergy season.

Make An Appointment With Your Allergist

The most important step to take in understanding your allergy triggers and managing symptoms is to speak with your doctor or allergy specialist. Your doctor will perform a series of tests including blood cultures and skin testing to pinpoint exactly what your major allergy trigger points are. Skin tests may include a puncture or intradermal injection of the actual allergen to measure your body's allergic response to stimuli. Allergies can be caused by one particular allergen or a multitude of things. While spring allergies may be affecting you as the pollen begins to blow in the air, there can be other allergy triggers including those from:

  • Pets
  • Insects
  • Mold
  • Food
  • Dust
  • Bugs

These allergies can compound with your spring pollen allergies and make your condition more uncomfortable. Your allergist will go over all of your triggers and help come up with a treatment plan that suits your situation.

Remove Pet Dander

Pet dander can be a major contributor to troubling allergy symptoms including:

  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Red and irritated eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Respiratory distress
  • Skin rash and irritation

Most dogs and cats tend to shed their hair and fur more in the spring and warmer months, making pet hair and dander an underlying culprit to your allergic rhinitis or runny nose. Vacuuming and trying to remove as much pet hair as possible can help improve your overall breathing and provide allergy relief.

Professional Duct Cleaning

Contractors who specialize in air duct cleaning of your HVAC system can help you regain control of indoor allergens. Over several months, even during the winter, your furnace sucks in air from your basement and your air conditioner draws air in from outside. The result is dirt, dust and pollen debris accumulating inside the air ducts of your furnace. Once your air conditioner or furnace is turned on, all of this dirt and dust can reach into your rooms and into your lungs. Having them professionally cleaned and sanitized can cut down allergens significantly in your home.

Replacing Your Furnace Filter

Having your furnace filter replaced every three months or sooner, can help cut down on the amount of dust that reaches the interior of your home. Even if you're not running your furnace or your central air conditioning unit, keeping your furnace filter clean will help trap unwanted dust and debris that could be building up inside your furnace. This will improve air quality when you do decide to run your HVAC unit and reduce the risk of inhaling unwanted allergens.

There are several things you can do to improve indoor air quality. Using multiple methods may help keep your allergy problems in check. To learn more, contact Chappel's Heating & Cooling