The cold and snowy weather is forcing many people indoors this time of year, and that can make life miserable for those with allergies.
UW School of Medicine Allergist Dr. Robert Bush says allergy sufferers face many common irritants this time of year. Those include dust, mold, pets, and even Christmas trees. Although, he says those allergic to the trees may really just be reacting to the smells they bring in the house.
Bush says you can see some allergy relief if you try to keep your home as clean as possible. Those with pet allergies should also consider finding a new home for the offending animal. Taking steps to control humidity levels in your home can also reduce the presence of mold.
Still, while you don't want humidity levels to be too high…Bush says you don't want them too low either. He says having about 30-40 percent humidity in the house can also prevent irritations to respiratory systems. Bush says a small home vaporizer or dehumidifier can help you control indoor humidity levels.