The weather can make this a tough time of year. It’s cold, wet, and the perfect opportunity for the flu to spread. We generally try our hardest to protect our families from the flu, the germs, the bacteria, and viruses that thrive in the winter through flu shots and lots of hand-washing.
But that’s not all! Don’t forget. Allergies. People might think that allergies don’t exist when it’s still cold with less pollen in the air, but that isn’t true. Even in the winter, allergies can thrive. They are just a little harder to identify in the winter…
Identifying the Source
Here’s a stat for you: according to reports from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans suffer from pollen allergies or hay fever. That’s a lot of people! The symptoms of allergies aren’t all that different from the flu or the cold – they include sneezing, a runny/stuffy nose, coughing, and itchy throat.
So how do you know if you have allergies or the cold?
- Time – Generally, if these symptoms come but begin to go away after a few days, it’s probably the flu or a cold. If it’s allergies, the symptoms can stick around for a much longer time!
- Treatment – Sometimes you just have to wait it out to treat the flu or a cold, but with allergy symptoms like watery/itchy eyes and postnasal drip, you can improve these symptoms with proper treatment.
- Temperature – Do you have a fever? If so, it’s probably the flu or a cold. Fevers typically aren’t associated with allergies.
So why is it important for you to know these differences? Well, it’s much easier to treat a condition when you know exactly what it is. You’ve heard the saying, “the best defense is a good offense.” People play offense against the flu/cold – they go and get shots! So why do people rarely play offense against hay fever? Maybe because they don’t know how:
Reduce, Remove, Relieve
Unless you want to live in a glass box for the rest of your life, you’ll probably never be able to completely avoid allergens, but you sure can limit their presence in your home. High-efficiency filters and regular cleanings help with this.
- Reduce — To reduce allergens in your home, consider installing a high-quality furnace filter that has a minimum filtration rating of MERV 8. This will attract and capture airborne allergens such as pollen, dander, and dust. Also, regularly vacuum your carpets and rugs once or twice a week with a 3-stage HEPA filter vacuum.
- Remove — If you want to remove allergens from your home, there’s no better solution than for you to call your local Indianapolis All Brite Chem-Dry to deep clean your carpet & upholstery. The results of an independent lab show that the Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process eliminates over 98% of common household allergens and over 89% of airborne bacteria. And another plus is that Chem-Dry’s process uses 80% less water than most steam cleaners use. This allows your carpets to dry in a fraction of the time and makes the growth of mold and mildew almost impossible.
- Relieve — When disaster does strike, it’s time for your defense team to take the field. When allergens do intrude your home, call All Brite Chem-Dry of Indianapolis. A professional carpet cleaning will remove allergens and bacteria and improve your home’s air quality.
Don’t wait to have a healthy home! Call All Brite Chem-Dry of Indianapolis today!