Tips & Resources to Ease Your Summer Allergies
- Post reminders to take medication in visible places, like on the refrigerator.
- Take medication at the same time each day – during breakfast, for example.
- If you need to take medication during the day, carry it with you in a fanny bag.
- Buy a watch with an alarm and set it to go off every day when it’s time to take your medicine. That way, you won’t be distracted by summer fun and forget to take it.
- Keep the humidity in your house below 50% to discourage mold growth. If humidity is high, use air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Also consider installing a dehumidifier in the basement or other damp, enclosed areas.
- Use an exhaust fan over the stove and in the bathroom to remove extra humidity generated by cooking and showering.
- Air out damp clothes and shoes before putting them away.
- Don’t leave damp laundry lying in the washing machine for long periods of time.
- Clean the refrigerator and empty the water pan regularly, and discard spoiling food promptly.
- Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles, grouting and fixtures with mold-killing and mold-preventing solutions.
- Use machine-washable bath mats in the bathroom.
- After leaving the shower, be sure to stretch out the curtain to deter mildew.
- Keep indoor plants to a minimum, since soil encourages mold growth.
- Wear a mask if you transplant houseplants or dig around in the soil. Also, immediately empty the water that seeps into the saucers under plants when they’re watered.
- Even dried flowers, including holiday wreaths, often contain molds.
- Open curtains to allow drying sunlight to shine in.
- Avoid using pillows, mattresses and furniture that are filled with foam rubber, since sweat makes them moldy. Instead, choose items labeled “hypoallergenic.”
- If you use a humidifier, follow the manufacturer’s directions closely and thoroughly clean equipment regularly. If the humidifier gets moldy, it can spray allergenic spores into the air you breathe. Consider using a steam vaporizer, since most molds don’t survive in boiling hot water.
- Consider using a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter.
- Staying indoors between 5 and 10 a.m., as that’s when pollen counts are usually at its highest. You can check the pollen count in your area by going online or calling your local allergy center.
- Not going out into the hot sun directly from an air conditioned room. Extreme temperature changes can bring on an asthma attack.
- Do not dry laundry outside as it tends to catch pollen.
- Avoid working in the garden without gloves and a mask and protect yourself from pollen, molds and mildew.
- Clear out any weeds or dandelion from the garden as they can trigger allergies.
- Also make sure to keep your pets clean during the summer, as they tend to play in the yard and bring allergens back into the house. Either keep your pets’ outdoors at all times or make sure you clean and wash your pets before they come inside.