When it comes to allergy season, the best thing to do is avoid allergens and allergy triggers especially in your home. Luckily, there are many easy changes you can make around the home to help with allergen avoidance. In a culture where many have to turn to medicine and vaccinations to help manage allergies, these simple lifestyle and home tips can go a long way in helping to lessen your allergy symptoms and suffering.
While you don’t have to throw out every drapery and strip your home to the studs in order to make a difference in allergy symptoms, a thorough and regular cleaning generally makes a huge difference in keeping your house as mold and dust free as possible. Those suffering from asthma or chronic sinusitis due to dust mites, molds, or other indoor allergens can feel better by taking these simple measures:
- Roll Out the Welcome Mat
A welcome mat at the door can help trap dirt, mold, pollen, and other irritants that would otherwise be tracked into your house. Ask visitors to wipe their feet (or, even better, remove their shoes entirely) before entering and spare yourself the additional clean-up.
- Filter the Air
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters can capture 98% of the tiny particles (allergens) in the air. Electronic air cleaners, which use an electric charge to filter particles, can also help purify your indoor space and promote air flow. Moreover, allergen trapping furnace filters (those with a MERV (efficiency) rating of 7 to 13) can be almost as effective as HEPA filters and can cost around $10.
- Go Back to Bed
On average, we spend about one-third of our day in our bedrooms. By encasing pillows, mattress, and box springs in allergen-proof covers you can minimize your exposure to potential irritations like dust mites. Buy bedding made of synthetic, hypoallergenic material instead of mite-friendly feathers and cut back on throw pillows to remove other hazards.
- Clean with Caution
Cleaning can stir up a cloud of dust, pet dander, and mold. Wear a cheap safety mask and gloves when you’re working around the house. While you’re at it, upgrade your old rags to microfiber dust cloths, which hold onto particles better and are machine-washable.
- Consider Your Pet
If you don’t want your sensitivity to pet dander to get between you and your furry baby, make sure to bathe your pet frequently with a mild shampoo. If your pet sleeps inside make sure you wash their bedding with hot water one a week.
If you’ve tried allergy proofing your home and you’re still suffering from painful symptoms, you should meet with your primary care physician to discuss your treatment options.
Source: Medicine Net