Allergy Season in Ohio: How Allergens Affect You & What You Can Do to Prevent Asthma & Allergy Attacks

According to a recent news story from The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio’s allergy season this year has been and will continue to be miserable for those who are prone to allergies. With May being Asthma Awareness Month, it’s also important to recognize that many common allergens can trigger asthma attacks. While the tree pollen allergens were subdued greatly by the steady rain, these conditions will provide an extremely healthy grass crop that will produce its own set of allergies. Add that to the fact that dampness breeds mold and you can see why so many will be becoming very close with their allergist this year.

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Prevention Steps to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

While there is little that you can do to prevent coming in contact with allergens whilst out in the wide world, there are plenty of things you can do to minimize their presence in your home. By taking the following preventative steps, you can rest easy in your home knowing it is a safe haven against sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and possibly even severe pulmonary complications:

  • Keep dust mites at bay by washing your bedding at least every ten days or so in hot water. Vacuum regularly and avoid traditional sweeping and dusting methods; damp is always best.
  • Invest in a home mold test and remediation, if necessary.
  • Change your HVAC filters regularly. Their job is to catch dust and allergens—you certainly don’t want used ones lingering in the background.
  • Learn about the benefits of HEPA air filters. HEPA filters must remove at least 99.97% of all airborne particles by particle count at a size of .3 microns. They are often used in hospital rooms, burn centers and laboratories to remove bacteria and other airborne contaminants.
  • Seal your home as well as possible. Not only will this help to reduce the number of outdoor allergens that make their way inside, but it will also help to lower your HVAC costs.

If you think you may have allergens in your home that are triggering some of your allergy or asthma symptoms, then call us today at Environmental Doctor. One of the best treatments for indoor air quality is the HEPA air filtration system. Learn more about HEPA air filters and how they can help minimize the effects of allergens in the home. In addition to HEPA air filters, we also offer mold test and remediation along with HVAC service and maintenance. Don’t suffer from allergies or asthma triggered from allergens inside your home. Contact us for some relief!