There are over 35 million allergy sufferers if our country. For Delmarva, Pollen.com claims that ragweed and grasses are the top allergy triggers. Soon, we will add mold, dust and dander to that list.
Pharmacist Dr. David Davis says the two major culprits for allergies this year are ragweed and mold.
Over the counter antihistamines are recommended to help allergy sufferers. In addition, there are some foods you may have lying around your house that can help. Pineapples have bromelain which is known to have an antihistamine effect. Other foods that may help are cinnamon, ginger, strawberries, blueberries and tomatoes.
To help prevent getting allergies in the first place, your air ducts may be the place you want to look first. Clean air ducts are important if you are someone who suffers from allergies, and even if you don’t.
However, getting your air ducts clean is not a cheap expense, but is definitely worth the price. Beware of companies that charge too little. Quality service is usually around $300 according to Angie Hicks from Angie’s List. Scammers will claim they will do the job for $50 and then charge hundreds more if mold is found in your air ducts.
Another thing to be wary about is if a company tells you that you must leave your house because of mold. Rarely is a case ever that serious and a second look may be necessary if a company tells you that.
Angie’s List suggests that you have your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 years if you live in a smoke free and pet free environment. If you suffer from allergies, it is recommended that you have them cleaned every 1-2 years and all by someone who is certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.