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Ask the Allergist

Ask the Allergist

How can I improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) in my home?

AAFA's "Ask the Allergist" is a free service provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Our allergist will answer your questions about asthma and allergies. We provide only general advice about managing asthma or allergies, medicines and treatments. "Ask the Allergist" does not answer questions about specific consumer products. This information is not a substitute for medical advice from your physician. Always talk with your doctor before changing your asthma or allergy management plan.

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I was diagnosed with asthma and allergies within the past few months. I saw my primary care physician (PCP), a pulmonologist, and an allergist in March. All three prescribed albuterol and steroids. I now have a HEPA vacuum, air purifier, pillow, and mattress cover. My symptoms are off and on. I want fresh air and my A/C isn't very good. In the meantime, is it ok to open the windows for fresh air?

If you are allergic to pollen, you may want to avoid opening the windows during the high pollen season. With the right HVAC filters, running the A/C can help remove allergens.

You can also try using products that are Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certified. Learn more about these products here.

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Answered by

Douglas T. Johnston D.O. FAAAAI, FACAAI

Reviewed and Answered

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