Louisville is infamous for being the allergy capitol of the world. Louisville (as well as the state of Kentucky) is also known for the bluegrass that grows here. While it may make Kentucky one of the prettiest places in the world in the spring and summer, bluegrass gives off more pollen than any other breed of grass. Its pollination is the cause for sniffling, sneezing, congestion and elevated triggers for asthma attacks for those sufferers among us.
There are other aggravating allergenic factors we can blame about our region—our proximity to a river basin and the bowl-like structure of the Ohio Valley, our smog ratings, and the humidity that hangs over us in the warmer months– for instance.
For allergy sufferers we have 4 tips to allergy-proof your home:
Replace your pillowcases and bedding often
Most of us will have allergens in our bedroom, and by not cleaning pillowcases or bedding you may be subjecting yourself to particles that can get into your immune system. Your pillowcase will most likely have residual pollen that’s clung from your hair, therefore breathing in that pollen for 8 hours while you sleep.
Wash your hair and dry it before bed
To trail from the above point, it’s also a good idea to wash your hair and dry it before bed. Since hair holds most of the allergens picked-up throughout the day, it’s best to wash and dry it before going to bed. That way you’re not exposing your lungs to the particles while sleeping.
Remove carpet and drapes
This may not be the most practical tip, but just about every allergen accumulates in carpet—dust, pollen, pet dander and more. Walking across carpet re-releases all of that into the air. Same goes for the drapes also – blinds or shades trap fewer allergens than fabric window treatments, but if you prefer curtains, opt for the machine-washable kind, which are easier to keep dust-free.
Replace Furnace Filters
Allergens like dust and pet dander can lurk in the air ducts. It’s recommended to use a high-efficiency furnace filter to reduce the amount of harmful indoor allergens that circulate through your home. Change your air filter at least every 90 days; start changing it with the seasons to help you remember.
Our Family Direct Primary Care is offering oral allergy testing – if you are suffering from allergies schedule an appointment today; we offer same day and next day appointment scheduling.