Autumn and its dry air can be a problem for asthmatics and allergics. This is because the climate changes aid the spread of mites (the most common allergy culprits).
The cooler weather also means that we are staying more time indoors, and the dry air tends to irritate the ski. Besides, air quality deterioration can intensify asthma and rhinitis crisis.
Here are a few tips on how to deal with this season and enjoy it in all it’s glory:
CLEANING THE HOUSE
- Clean the house with a damp cloth since brooms can suspend the mite. Clean toys and books and other objects that accumulate dust.
- I love the DYSON vacuum cleaner for mattresses, pillows and sofas. And anti-allergic bedding options are especially important. In any case, wash the bedding weekly and leave it out in the sun if you can. Opt for duvets instead of the blankets. I am allergic to wool and I advocate for anti-allergy duvets which are warm and delicious and super easy to clean.
- Water removes the tissue mite, since the sun only kills the mite, but keeps his skeleton and faeces on the spot.
WASH YOUR WINTER CLOTHES
- The same rule applies for coats and winter clothing: wash them before using as many mites accumulate with the lack of use.
OPEN THE WINDOWNS
- Resist the urge to close all windows once temperatures start to drop. It’s essential to ventilate your home because the fresh air helps fighting spots, moulds and moisture. Mould is a terrible allergy trigger – make sure you take it out. Once you clean a wall, for instance, don’t put the furniture back right away. Let it all air and dry.
THE AIR IS HUMID ENOUGH
- Contrary to popular belief humidifiers should only be used in cases of extreme dry weather. Otherwise what it does is to create an even more humid ambient which is prone to proliferate mould.
ADD A MORNING CLEANING RITUAL
- Washing the nose with saline to hydrate the nasal mucosa is great for coping with this season.
FOR SKIN ALLERGIES:
If you suffer from atopic dermatitis you need some extra care in the fall as the skin usually gets dryer.
- Avoid exfoliating and use mild soaps –this is my favourite:
- No long hot baths (well, never do that actually, it’s not good for you or for the environment)
- Moisturize your skin – my favourite product is juts good old almond oil because its natural and super hydrating.