Allergic Living’s Guide to Fall Allergies

in Outdoor Allergies
Published: July 2, 2010

What can you do?

Avoiding Pollen:

• Keep windows closed to prevent pollen from getting indoors.

• If you are working outside, wear a face mask to filter allergens.

• Don’t hang laundry outside to dry – or you’ll end up wearing pollen.

• Vacuum frequently to reduce pollen caught in upholstery, carpets and curtains.

Avoiding Mold:

• Rake up leaves often and keep gutters clear.

• Move composters far from the house.

• Cut back trees and shrubs that impinge on the house – shady homes dry out more slowly, giving mold a chance to flourish.

• Clean up debris, including wood piles, grass clippings or building materials, which can harbour allergens.

• Run a dehumidifier in the basement – keep humidity levels below 50 per cent to avoid mold growth.

• Say goodbye to damp boxes of mementos and clothing.

• Remove any indoor mold around sinks and tubs promptly. Bleach is effective, but hazardous in its own right for those with irritant asthma or other breathing sensitivities. Try a safer mold remover, such as Concrobium Mold Control.

• Replace carpeting in basements, bathrooms and kitchens with hard surface flooring such as tile, linoleum or hardwood.

Take Control

Visit the allergist if you are having increased symptoms: you may need to adjust your asthma or allergy management plan. Your doctor can test for allergies to individual pollens and molds and you could be a candidate for allergy shots. Immunotherapy has proven effective for many who suffer during fall’s allergen explosion.


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