SUNDAY, Dec. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are warning about the threat of COVID-19 transmission as cold weather forces people indoors. But indoor allergies could also take the joy out of your holiday season, an expert says.
Dust, mold, pets, furniture and houseplants can cause indoor allergies, said Dr. David Corry. He’s a professor of medicine in the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
“Dust provides shelter for things that cause allergies, like mites and fungi, which are major components of dust themselves,” he said in a college news release.
Corry suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of flare-ups due to indoor allergies:
- Monitor humidity levels. Keeping your home dry — at less than 50% humidity — could reduce the growth of mold and dust mites. Try a dehumidifier if the humidity is greater than 50%.
- Control dust. Regularly