Ashford Clinic Blog
How to Keep the Pollen Outside
Here in Georgia, Spring Allergy Season tends to start early and can linger into the summer. If you suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, this means a long, dry spring and summer can be brutal. We've covered what this means for spending time outside, so let's explore what an effective plan for keeping pollen and other outdoor allergens where they belong (outside), and out of your home.
Establish a "Drop Zone"
One of the best ways to keep pollen and other allergy triggers from entering your home is to leave shoes, hats, and other clothing items that collect pollen at or right outside the door. If you have a garage, this is a perfect place to pop off your shoes before coming back inside. Putting your clothes directly into the wash after coming in is another great way to curb the amount of pollen that tracks in. Also, don't hang any laundry to dry outside, as pollen can collect on sheets, towels, and other laundry items.
Keep the Indoor Air Clean
It's virtually impossible to rid your home of every molecule of pollen, but taking steps like these can at least help you keep it to a minimum:
- Use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules for your heating and air conditioning systems.
- Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
- Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
- Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.
If your seasonal allergy symptoms are becoming unmanageable, give us a call at 706-248-6860 to set up an appointment and get allergy tested. Once we know what triggers your symptoms, we can customize a treatment plan to get you feeling better sooner.