One of the worst things about seasonal allergies due to airborne substances like pollen and mold spores is that they can follow you right into your home, where they will linger and exacerbate allergy symptoms. Therefore, it's important for allergy sufferers to be more proactive about protecting their living space.
This year, climate changes are producing higher-than-average pollen counts that are sure to mean trouble for those prone to allergy symptoms, reports ABC News.
"As we're seeing warmer and warmer weather, the fall gets warmer and longer and the effect is that there's no frost to kill the ragweed and end the allergy season," Estelle Levetin, chairwoman of the aerobiology committee for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, told the news source.
If you're looking for ways to protect yourself from airborne allergens, consider taking the following steps to safeguard your living environment:
1. Remove shoes and outerwear and keep them stored in a separate area away from your living space, or else wipe them off with a bristle brush before entering your home or office.
2. Keep up with your regular cleaning by dusting and polishing furniture and appliances on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the severity of the problem.
3. Invest in medical-grade air purifiers for your home and office to take care of those particles that, despite your best efforts, manage to make it inside.