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Date:3/2/2009

May offers these important steps to help prepare for and manage spring nasal allergies:

  • Watch out for carpets and upholstered furniture. Feel like you can't give up your carpets and upholstered furniture? Don't worry, a steam vapor treatment may help to kill some dust mites.
  • Wash your bedding weekly. Set a day each week to wash bedding in hot water (130°F) and dry them in a hot dryer to help kill dust mites. If you have satin sheets freezing them overnight will kill dust mites, too.
  • Look into allergen-proof bedding. Allergen-proof mattresses and pillowcases are helpful for lessening exposure to dust mites. I would even recommend taping over the length of the zipper.
  • Wipe your feet. Pollen often clings to shoes when walking around outside so be sure to wipe your feet before going inside so you do not bring along the pollen, or better yet, leave pollen-covered shoes outdoors.
  • Leave pollen outside. It's better not to let the allergen in your home than to try to remove it once it's there, so do not rely too much on air purifiers. Keep your windows and doors closed, especially on days with a high pollen count

With spring allergy season upon us, it's more important than ever to be prepared to manage nasal allergy symptoms.

"Patients often do not acknowledge the seriousness of their nasal allergy symptoms and self-medicate without speaking with their doctor. However, through proper diagnosis and the right treatment, nasal allergy sufferers can begin to better control their symptoms as they head into the spring nasal allergy season," said Dr. Michael Blaiss, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Past President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) and co-editor of the Atlas of Allergic
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