Allergy Alert: The 10 Best Strategies for Cleaner Air

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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


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.