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5 Ways To Reduce Allergens In Your Home
Allergy season is upon us and every year we all suffer the typical annoyances of sneezing, itchy throat, and watery eyes. These symptoms are the body's natural defense mechanism that prevent allergens from entering and making us sick.
Allergy attacks can happen anywhere - when you're out running errands, even when watching your kid's soccer game, or even when you're just relaxing at home. There are numerous airborne allergens such as dust mites, pollen, mold, or animal fur that can irritate your body and cause your body to go into defense mode.
This article will give you 5 tips to reduce allergens in your home and create a better breathing environment for you and your family.
1. Consult Your Doctor
The first step you can take to control allergies in your home is to consult your doctor to discover what you're allergic to. A doctor can help identify what specific allergens may be causing your symptoms and provide you with information on what triggers them. If medicine is needed, you could even be prescribed medication to help reduce these symptoms.
Some individuals who experience severe allergies may require immunotherapy, a medical treatment of allergen-based injections that help to grow your immune system to fight them in the future. Some allergies can be more serious than others and cause more severe symptoms. You may want to consult a doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
2. Use a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are great for humid areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements, wherever condensation builds. Most dehumidifiers are not very expensive and work against molds, mildew, mites, and other bacteria by extracting moisture from the air, reducing humidity. Too much humidity in a room can trap airborne allergens and even cause a moldy smell in your room.
While selecting a dehumidifier it is important to note the size of room where it is needed, and to also place the dehumidifier near the specific trouble spot if possible. A dehumidifier is great for creating fresher, breathable air, and is even recommended for people who suffer from asthma.
3. Scrub Showers & Tubs
Moisture can accumulate in your bathtub or shower creating mold or mildew which in turn can release mold spores into the air, igniting allergies. Scrubbing your bath area with chlorine bleach and water can help kill the mold. Shower curtains should be washed weekly to reduce the risk of condensation build-up on that fabric that can lead to mold. Opening a window or door, or even placing a fan in the bathroom while showering can help to release some of the moisture from showering, therefore reducing condensation and the risk of allergens.
4. Change Bed Sheets
Bed sheets and pillow cases tend to be popular hang outs for dust mites to thrive. Bed clothes and pillow cases should be washed in hot water at least every 7-10 days to get rid of dust mites, bed bugs, and dead skin cells. Having extra sheets available can help save on laundry expenses and may very well be worth the investment. Towels should also be used no more than once or twice to prevent the build-up of mold which can in turn be rubbed directly onto your body. Keeping towels fresh will help keep your skin clean and moisturized and repel your chances of allergies.
Carpets and rugs in homes are inhabited by numerous allergens such as dead skin, dust balls, and pet dander. Vacuuming your carpets and rugs twice per week will help to get rid of these allergens that creep deep into the fabrics and can potentially be emitted into the air. Using a bag-less, upright vacuum with a HEPA filter can help capture a good majority of dust and allergens. The bag-less system helps reduce the risk of dust being released from the vacuum and the dust cup makes it easy to throw away the accumulation of dust. For extra protection, wear a face mask while you can clean and vacuum to reduce the risk of inhaling airborne particles.
Allergies can be annoying, but you can reduce your suffering by eliminating the allergens in your home. A clean home, after all, is a healthy home for you and your family.