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Allergy Control and Spring Cleaning Tips- Alan Galvez InsuranceWhen warmer weather arrives, are you one of the many who dives right into spring cleaning? Washing windows, cleaning cupboards and overall freshening up are typical. With springtime, also comes seasonal allergies.

Read on to discover how to tackle both spring cleaning and reducing sources of allergies in your home at the same time.

Forty million Americans suffer from allergies. And while most of us tend to think of seasonal sneezes caused by pollen, the fact is that many allergens lurk in our homes and even, potentially, on our dinner plates, all year round. So, on the threshold of spring allergies season, let's go indoors to spot some of the problems and identify what can be done about them.

While symptoms are generally mild but frustrating – like a runny nose, itchy eyes or a rash, the American Institute for Preventive Medicine says that some allergic reactions can be life threatening. And, as all sufferers know, there's no real cure for allergies. We might be able to ease the symptoms somewhat, but the best thing we can do is take steps to eliminate the hazards.

Your bedroom is the number one location for most household allergens. Here's what you can do to help prevent problems:

  • Don't store items under the bed – they collect dust. And remove books and clutter that attract mold spores.

  • Wash pillows and blankets every two weeks and use non-allergenic coverings on mattresses and pillows.

  • Vacuum your mattress frequently, even with these coverings on, to remove dust mites.

  • Make your bedroom off-limits to pets and don’t use feather pillows.

How to reduce allergens elsewhere in your house:

  • Replace carpet with wood flooring and linoleum if possible.

  • Don’t use heavy drapes or venetian blinds.

  • Remove houseplants – they drop pollen and the moist dirt attracts mold.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with an airtight dust container or bag -- not a paper bag that recycles the air it sucks in.

  • Avoid using aerosol based cleaning agents – they're easily inhaled. Dyes and chemical additives can also spark a reaction.

If you child has allergies, make sure you tell the school. And if anyone in your family, including yourself, is prone to severe allergic reactions, use a medical identity bracelet to alert others who may be involved in helping or treating you/them.

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