Spring has officially arrived here in the Low Country, which means the start of spring cleaning. While spring cleaning can be a nuisance, it is important for those with allergies and asthma to keep their house as clean as possible to minimize symptoms and exacerbations.

Pollen and other allergens from outside can follow you inside. Pet dander and dust can build up in your house and can cause your house to be filled with as many allergens as there are outside. Keeping your house clean is an important step in keeping your allergy and asthma symptoms at bay. These tips may help you in reducing symptoms and exacerbations.

Reduce Moisture: Moisture can lead to mold growth. It is important to clean and wipe up moisture in areas such as the refrigerator, to avoid mold growth. Cleaning window sills is also important for avoiding mold growth. It is important to wear a protective mask when cleaning mold.

Keep Allergens Out: It is important to not let allergens sneak into your house and wreak havoc. Keep windows closed and clean, and use air conditioning instead during the spring and pollen season. Also, keep pets out of bedrooms and groom them regularly as pollen and allergens can stick to their fur when they return from the outdoors.

Clean: Remove anything that can collect dust and instead place the items in plastic bins. Vacuum regularly and wash area rugs and floor mats. These steps will help prevent mold and remove dust and other allergens from your home.

 

These spring cleaning steps will help you maintain a haven against spring allergies in your house. For more tips you can visit AAAAI.org. The allergists at National Allergy & ENT can assist you in creating a plan to keep your allergies at bay this spring season. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.