- The changing of seasons is often the gateway to cold and flu season. Many people are already taking precaution to protect themselves and their families against germs, bacteria and other airborne viruses.
But what about allergies? Warmer weather means that the cold and flu are no longer in season, right? Not necessarily. In fact, warmer temperatures make it more difficult to spot and treat cold and flu symptoms.
How to Identify the Source
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 35 million people in the US suffer from pollen allergies, or hay fever. Unfortunately, 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.
How can someone tell the difference?
- Time – Flu and cold symptoms typically appear and clear over the course of a few days. Allergic reactions happen almost immediately and can last for quite sometime.
- Treatment – Flu and cold viruses have to run their course, but allergy symptoms can be treated almost immediately.
- Temperature – If you have a fever, you more than likely have a flu or a cold.
Safeguard against Fall Allergies
- Outdoor Allergens — Ragweed in the fall and can produce up to one billion pollen grains per plant, making it responsible for 75% of reactions in people with hay fever allergies. This pollen is airborne making it easy to inhale and cause allergic reactions. Mold is also a trigger to allergies, which can be found anywhere from food, plants and the inside of your home.
- Indoor Allergens — Some may think the best way to avoid allergic reactions is to stay at home. A recent independent study found that indoor air can be 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. Allergens like dust mites and pet dander live inside the home, but outdoor allergens are able to make their way inside, making the air that much worse.
- Airborne Allergens — Opening windows and doors seems like a good idea in milder temperatures, but that fresh air can also carry airborne allergens right into your home, especially on days with high pollen counts. You should always check reliable sources, such as The Weather Channel, that usually monitors the allergen levels in your area. Wait days with low pollen count before opening your doors and windows.
Reduce, Remove, Relieve
You have the ability limit exposure to allergens, but unfortunately, you can’t block them out completely. The next step is to reduce and remove as much allergens as possible for maximum relief. Carpet cleaning on a regular basis and air filters can help remove most allergens that are found indoors.
- Reduce — Installing a high quality filter with a filtration rating of MERV 8 and vacuuming your carpets and rugs 1-2 times per week. We recommend vacuums with a HEPA 3 filter.
- Remove — Start off the season at on the right foot the season right with a deep cleaning by Valley Carpet Repair. Our hot water steam extraction cleaner on average removes about 98% of household allergens. A professional cleaning from Valley Carpet Repair is safer and healthier for you. All of our technicians are certified in carpet cleaning and carpet repair.
- Relieve — Even if you take preventative measures, some indoor and outdoor allergens will still find their way into our homes. But don’t settle with living with them. It doesn’t matter if you suffer from allergies, asthma or you just want to provide a healthy home for your family, a Valley Carpet Repair can help you remove the allergens and bacteria that are hidden in your home and improve your indoor air quality.
Call (602) 730-1042 for as free consultation over the phone!