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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Allergy-Proof Your Space!

Spring can be bad for many particularly if they are allergy sufferers. Almost 60 million Americans suffer from allergies during this season which is considered to be one of the toughest times of the year.
Exposure to allergens outdoors can be disappointing and annoying, but you can minimize having it (and even bringing them inside your home) by knowing some helpful tips.

If you love gardening, save your yard work later during the day, and avoid the times between 5AM-10AM, as pollen levels are at their peak during those times. Always keep your grass cut short, and consider wearing air-filtering mask, gloves and goggles while doing your outdoor works. Avoid planting high-pollen producing plants such as juniper, amaranthus and pionies, especially near your windows or doors.

Don't dry fresh laundries outside. Shake your clothes after being worn outside and take a shower as soon as possible after spending outdoors. Keep a brush and wet wipes handy for your pets as well to wipe off their paws and fur after playing outdoors.
Place mats on all of your doors to serve as catchall for allergens and landing pad for footwear which should be taken off as you come indoors.

Keep the right ventilation by keeping humidity levels below 50%, which can thwart the spread of mold and mildew.

Drain any areas of stagnant water in your yard and keep your soil moist, but not damp, to minimize airborne mold. Never open your windows after a heavy rain.