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According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, allergies affect more than 50 million Americans. Acadiana residents aren’t immune to this seasonal malady, but there are things you can do to minimize the effects. Here are a few strategies that will help allergy sufferers survive the allergy season.

Leave Your Shoes Outside

Outdoor pollen doesn’t hang in the air forever. It eventually finds a place to rest: on your car, laundry hanging on the line, and the ground. Leaving your shoes outside eliminates tracking the pollen into your home where it can transfer to furniture, carpet, and drapery.

Give Your Pets A Regular Bath

Pets, lovable though they are, are a double whammy to allergy sufferers. Not only is pet dander a trigger for allergy attacks, but after a visit to the dog park, Fido’s hair can be chock full of pollen and dust. Regular baths help control pet dander and get rid of any pollen carried in from the outside.

Wash Your Hair Before Bedtime

Pollen collects on your hair and clothing whether you’re jogging, gardening, or merely going between your home and vehicle. At night, the pollen transfers to your pillowcase and prolongs your exposure overnight. A quick shower and hair rinse before bedtime keeps your sinuses clear and aids in getting a good night’s sleep.

Change your HVAC Filters

Despite your best efforts, some outdoor pollen and pollutants will still find a way into your Acadiana home. Plus, aerosols, cleaning products, and dust mites are internal sources that trigger allergies. HVAC filters trap some of these indoor contaminants. Changing your filters — preferably once a month — provides effective relief from airborne contaminants.

Along with HVAC filters, air purifiers help decrease the effects of indoor pollutants. If you’d like more information about a whole-home air purification system — or want to learn how better indoor air quality makes it easier for allergy sufferers — check out the indoor air solutions we offer at Fontenot’s Air Conditioning & Heating or give us a call at (337) 706-9469.