With an increase in humidity moving into the warmer months, the battle against mould is an everyday struggle for many Australians. While cleaning mould-ridden surfaces might be a priority, it is important to also remember the airborne particles that can trigger common allergies like Asthma. According to the National Asthma Council Australia, mould is one of the most common allergens for asthma sufferers and reducing exposure to it is a key component for managing the symptoms. Simple DIY projects can make a huge impact! Clearing out the gutters and sealing leaks in wet areas are some of the ways to combat mould growth. The National Asthma Council Australia also recommends using an air filter or purifier to remove any unwanted airborne mould particles.
Suffering from a mould outbreak? Here are some more ways to rid your home of mould.
We love our pets, however there is no denying that when the weather warms up and they begin to shed the nose can start to itch a little… or a lot! Pet hair allergies are so common not to mention incredibly frustrating. Here are a couple of ways to try and avoid the sniffles.
- Give your furry friend a haircut! Shaving off their winter coat is an easy way to minimise hair fall. It also keeps your pet feeling cooler in summer. Alternatively, brush your pet’s coat weekly to shake off any unwanted hair.
- If you have appropriate shade and shelter outside, why not restrict your pet’s indoor access during the summer months?
Pollen goes hand-in-hand with hay fever. The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) explains that hay fever or allergic rhinitis ‘affects around 18% of people in Australia and New Zealand’. So how can we avoid pollen indoors? Keep your home closed up as much as possible, invest in an air filter or air purifier, and look into low allergen plants to use in your garden.
Gardener’s tip: Kangaroo grass only needs to be mowed 3-4 times a year making it allergen friendly.