You may be suffering from seasonal allergies. Allergies are caused by an abnormal activation of your immune system by a particular allergen. Common environmental allergens include pet dander, smoke, dust mites, mold, and pollen. Allergies are very common in DC and the pollen count tends to be high at various times in the year. Prevention is key and can save you money, discomfort, and trips to the doctor’s office.
To reduce exposure to dust mites, wash bedding regularly, avoid household clutter and use allergen-proof mattress and pillow coverings. To limit animal dander, make sure to keep pets out of your bedroom and any carpeted areas. Keep floors and furniture clean and bathe your pet on a routine basis. Try installing a HEPA filter or invest in a portable air purifier for your bedroom. If you are sensitive to pollen, keep track of the local pollen count. Avoid outdoor activities on windy days, wash your face/hands upon entering your home, and try starting an allergy medication before the season actually starts. To learn more tips and discuss various treatment options, visit one of our offices today.