At home or when driving, keep windows closed and set air conditioner on re-circulate to keep out seasonal pollens and mold spores, if you suffer with seasonal allergies
Change or wash air conditioner filters frequently
If you have allergies to pets (i.e. cat) use a central air filtration system in your home and/or portable room HEPA air filter
Use an exhaust fan in your bathroom to reduce mold spore growth and excess humidity
Dehumidifier may be useful in below ground rooms or basements if mildew is an issue
Place disposable filter covers over forced air vents in your home that may provide additional filtration
Avoid open windows in your home during high pollen days (check out the local pollen count at www.aaaai.org/nab)
HEPA vacuums and or pre-filter bags prevent dust from re-entering the room after vacuuming
If you are very sensitive to dust, leave the room for at least 30 minutes after sweeping/cleaning to allow dust particles to settle
Remove unnecessary dust collectors in the bedroom if you have indoor allergies - placing a "stuffed toy or pillow" in a zippered plastic bag in the freezer periodically will help to reduce the amount of dust mites
Dr. Clifford W. Bassett is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Long Island College Hospital and on the faculty of NYU School of Medicine.He is the current vice chair for public education committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. No information in this blog is intended to diagnose or treat any condition.
Dr. Clifford Bassett is an adult and pediatric allergy specialist, and diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is the medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of NY. Bassett is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and on the teaching faculty of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center, and faculty at Cornell University Medical College. Follow him on Twitter.