For many, autumn happens to be the most wonderful time of the year. Especially if you live in an area that takes a beating on the thermostat during the summertime! The weather is cool and there are many festive activities to partake in outside. However, there are some allergy triggers that can bother you if you have asthma. The most common problem is ragweed pollen, which is released into the air from mid-August until early October and can cause congestion, sneezing, and an itchy or a runny nose. Here are some ways you can maintain control of your asthma during this season.
1. Don’t leave your doors and windows open. This will stop pollen from entering your home.
2. Sleep on an asthma-friendly bed. There are mattress brands that make beds safe for those with allergies and asthma. In addition, you will need to wash your sheets weekly in hot water that is at least 130F in order to kill any dust mites and/or eggs that are present.
3. Use your vacuum on a regular basis. It’s best to use one that has a high-efficiency filter and is recommended to clean weekly in order to decrease the number of indoor allergens in your home.
4. Change your furnace’s air filter often. Filters are great for trapping dust and allergens; if there are plenty present, the filter can become full rather quickly. Replace them every 30 to 90 days and make sure you’re using ones that are allergen and asthma friendly.
5. Try to prevent mold growth as much as possible. Keep an eye on the level of moisture in your home by keeping the humidity level below 50%. Also, remove any damp firewood and leaves from your yard.