Winter is often seen as cold and flu season. People work to safeguard themselves and their families against germs, bacteria and viruses that frequently accompany the season of sniffles and flu shots.
And then there’s allergies. Colder weather brings less pollen and fewer allergies, right? Not necessarily! Actually, in the midst of cold and flu season, it may be harder to spot and treat allergies..
Identifying the Source
Did you know that approximately 35 million people in the US suffer from pollen allergies, or hay fever, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America? As you know – allergies, flu viruses and colds share some of the same symptoms: sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose; coughing; itchy nose and throat; and dark circles under the eyes.
So, how can you tell the difference??
- Time – Flu and cold symptoms usually appear and then get better over just a few days. Allergic reactions, on the other hand, happen very quickly and last a much longer time; even year-round.
- Treatment – Flu and cold viruses have to run their course, but allergy symptoms like postnasal drip and swollen, watery and/or itchy eyes can be improved with proper treatment.
- Temperature – If you have a fever, you more than likely have the flu or a cold. Fevers generally don’t accompany allergies.
It is a lot easier to treat an illness when you know how to identify the source of your symptoms. But you’ve heard it before – the best defense is a good offense. You play offense when you take preventative measures against the flu and cold like getting shots. Why not play offense against hay fever too? Step #1 is understanding the common fall allergens.
Reduce, Remove, Relieve
You may be able to limit your exposure to fall allergens, but avoiding them entirely is not possible. High-efficiency filters along with regular cleaning will certainly reduce and remove some of the common indoor allergens, providing relief from fall allergy symptoms.
- Reduce — Installing a high quality furnace filter with a minimum filtration rating of MERV 8 to attract and capture airborne allergens like pollen, dander and dust, as well as vacuuming your carpets and rugs weekly or semi-weekly with a three-stage HEPA filter vacuum will help minimize allergens in your home.
- Remove — What better way to start off the season than with a deep cleaning by a local Chem-Dry carpet cleaner. An independent lab recently conducted a study in which it discovered that Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process removes on average 98% of common household allergens, such as pet dander and dust mites, from carpets and upholstery, as well as 89% of airborne bacteria with the addition of a sanitizer. Also, our HCE process uses only ⅕ of the water that typical steam cleaners do, so your carpets will be dry in just a few hours, not days. This drastically decreases the risk of mold and mildew growing due to too much water.
- Relieve — Even a solid offense needs a good defense. When allergens do find their way into your home, it is time to call Chem-Dry. Rather than live with and suffer with allergies/asthma, schedule a carpet cleaning from Chem-Dry, which will help remove hidden allergens and bacteria from your home and improve your home’s air quality.
Ready to get started? Want more information about the Chem-Dry process? Call Old Dominion Chem-Dry today!