A report by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health states that nearly 35 million Americans suffer from allergic reactions to airborne allergens that result in upper respiratory conditions and describes pollen allergy, or hay fever, as one of the most common chronic diseases in the country.
“Worldwide, airborne allergens cause the most problems for people with allergies. The respiratory symptoms of asthma, which affect approximately 11 million Americans, are often provoked by airborne allergens,” the report asserts. “Overall, allergic diseases are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40 to 50 million Americans.”
Not a sunny outlook. But it is possible to manage your seasonal allergies by taking a few simple measures:
- Consult with your doctor. He or she may recommend over-the-counter allergy relief medications and/or refer you to a specialist who will conduct testing and possibly prescribe immunotherapy.
- Before going outdoors, especially if you’ll be stirring up pollen while planting or weeding, get ahead of your symptoms by:
- Taking an antihistamine at least 30 minutes before venturing out
- Wearing a face mask designed to filter pollen
- Showering as soon as you come indoors
- Machine washing all clothes that you were wearing. If something can’t be laundered, try to leave it outside in a protected area
- Replace or minimize interior treatments, such as wall-to-wall carpeting, that collect and stubbornly hold on to tracked-in pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Consider hard floors with area rugs that can be cleaned from time to time.
- Avoid second-hand cigarette smoke.
- Finally, look into having an air purifying system installed in your home.
Rainaldi Home Services offers a variety of air purifying systems that outperform the best HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filters. Moreover, some systems can promise unprecedented filtering of airborne allergens, including pollen, pet dander, and smoke, as small as .30 micron in size. When added to your system, UV germicidal lamps can kill mold, mildew, and bacteria. Most systems can be installed within your existing ductwork or heating and cooling system and feature easily replaced filters.
You don’t have to suffer with poor indoor air quality. Call Rainaldi today to discuss all the options available, and we’ll help you arrive at the best solution for your home.