We hate to say it. We really do. But you know it’s coming… Nashville’s spring allergy season is right around the corner. We’ve discussed the causes behind Nashville’s allergens, as well as testing and treatment methods. But is there anything you can do now to reduce the severity of symptoms? The ENT specialists and allergists at St. Thomas Medical Group say, yes!
#1 Mold Removal in the Home
Pollen’s not the only culprit that could be lurking behind your allergy symptoms. Mold is a common offender… and it could be hiding out in your home. Especially common in Middle Tennessee, where we often have high humidity and warm temperatures, mold may grow under leaky kitchen or bathroom sinks, in dehumidifiers, and in poorly sealed windows. Remove mold by scrubbing with a mixture of bleach and water. If mold is caused by a leak or some other moisture source, address the root of the problem, too! Get those pipes sealed.
#2 HEPA Filters on Vacuums
While most any new vacuum will have a decent air filter, there’s nothing quite like a HEPA filter (high efficiency particulate air filter), which can filter out 99.7% of particles that are within a diameter of 0.3 microns or more (source). HEPA filters can remove much of the pollen and dander in your home that causes allergies.
#3 Rethink Your Decor
While regular cleaning and vacuuming can go a long way in reducing allergens, you may also want to rethink the decor in your home.
Hard floor surfaces are easier to clean and less likely to trap allergens than rugs and carpets.
Roll-up shades will hold fewer allergens than drapes and curtains.
Plastic covers over mattresses and pillows can prevent dander from settling in.
#4 Change Air Filters
Change your HVAC’s air filter every 90 days or so. Change it more frequently if you have pets, a high number of occupants, or asthma or allergies. A high efficiency filter can help keep your home’s air more pure. If using an air purifier, check to see that it offers enough coverage for the room it’s operating in; update to a HEPA filter, if available.
#5 See a Doctor Before Symptoms Start
If your Nashville allergies haven’t kicked into gear, but you know it’s just a matter of time, schedule an appointment with a local allergist now. New treatments or combinations of treatments may be available since you saw your doctor last allergy season. Get a head start on allergies by being proactive and seeing your physician.
Find an ENT/Allergist at St. Thomas Medical Group (Nashville)
Struggling with allergy symptoms? Call on the Nashville ENT & Allergy Clinic. Contact St. Thomas Medical Group at +1 (615) 386-9089 to learn more.