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7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

 

Allergies are a rising epidemic. Just in the US alone, they are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness. A lot of people presume they know what they are allergic to, but, due to possibly delayed reactions, it’s actually quite hard to discover the culprit. However, what you can do is try to prevent an allergic reaction, which will alleviate the symptoms as well. Here are some ways to do that.

Try to determine the cause

Determining the cause of your allergy is not always an easy task, but it could be very helpful. Unfortunately, allergy sufferers are often allergic to more than one allergen. Year-round allergy sufferers could benefit greatly from getting vaccinated. These vaccines have pretty good results, reducing the symptoms greatly. The downside is that at the beginning, they are pretty time-consuming, and can sometimes cause negative reactions, which means you need to be monitored for a while after receiving one.

Clear the air

In the case of airborne allergens, clearing the air in your home is essential for good health. Start out by regularly cleaning your AC filters and keeping your home free from dust. If your allergies still aren’t going away, you should probably consider getting a high-quality HEPA filter air purifier. With so many products available on the market with huge differences in price and quality, choosing the right one can be a nightmare. Relying on a reputable source like Air Purifier Ratings could help you find a product that fits your needs and budget. Finally, stop smoking and make your home a smoking-free zone.

Make your home spotless

Although uncleanliness, at least to a reasonable degree, can actually help boost our immune system through exposure to pathogens, once you already have an allergy or even asthma, there’s nothing you can do but scrub your home until it’s spotless. Fabrics are notoriously difficult to clean, so you might consider removing your curtains and using furniture with as little fabric as possible. Removing carpets will make vacuuming and sweeping the floors a breeze.

Reconsider having pets

Parting from beloved pets is hard, but sometimes, if allergies are severe, there’s no other option but to reconsider. Pet dander is very difficult to get rid of, so a quality filter is a must. Also, sometimes it’s enough to just make your bedroom a no-pet zone. Keeping animal dander as far from your bed as possible and vacuuming it from the floors and furniture could help you keep your allergies under control.

Wash your hair frequently

Your home might be a clean, allergy-free zone, but remember that you are carrying allergens inside every time you walk in. It’s helpful if you change into clean clothes once you come home. Your hair is another reservoir of allergens, so try to wash it every day during allergy season. Clearing your nose from accumulated allergens is also great. All it takes is a simple netipot and some salt water. It’s a simple enough addition to your daily routine, but one that might make all the difference.

Keep dust mites away

Dust mites are present in every home, no matter what you do. However, you can try to minimize their effect on your health by vacuuming often, deep cleaning your furniture and washing your pillows and blankets frequently. To keep them away from you, try creating a barrier by using high-quality, tightly-woven linens. Linens marked as 2-micron or lower are ideal for keeping these tiny critters from reaching you.

Get rid of mold

Mold can cause allergies or exacerbate already existing ones. It’s usually found in humid spaces, so your bathroom and kitchen are the biggest risk zones. If you happen to find mold, get rid of it immediately using a chlorine-bleach solution. Mold spores can be very dangerous to your health, so always handle mold with caution and use protective gear such as a face mask and gloves. To prevent further growth, don’t leave wet clothes, towels and rugs in your bathroom and fix any leaks straight away.

If you happen to suffer from allergies, one of the best things you could do for yourself is make your home an allergy-free zone. That could make a world of difference and help you manage your symptoms in a much more effective way.

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4 Tips for Dealing with a Dust Allergy

By Guest Blogger James H.

4 Tips for Dealing with a Dust Allergy

 

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Do you often suffer from chest tightness, wheezing or a runny nose? If so, you could have a dust allergy. This frustrating problem can have a big impact on your life, but often remains undiagnosed. In this article, I’ll go through some of the most common symptoms, before providing four tips for reducing the effects of a dust allergy.

 

Before we go any further though, it’s important to understand what causes a dust allergy. Somewhat confusingly, it’s not the dust itself that triggers a reaction, but dust mites. These tiny creatures love furniture, mattresses and carpets, and thrive in homes with high humidity. The key to relieving a dust allergy is reducing the quantity of mites in a home.

 

Symptoms of a Dust Allergy

 

The symptoms of a dust allergy are similar to any airborne allergy. The most common include itching, sneezing, a runny nose, puffy eyes and chest tightness. The symptoms are usually worse inside the home and may be most severe in the morning. Unlike a pollen allergy, dust allergy symptoms are usually a problem year-round.

 

How to Relieve a Dust Allergy

 

The good news is that killing dust mites is relatively simple. You can’t get rid of them all, but you can reduce their numbers enough to relieve allergy symptoms. Here are four of the most effective methods.

 

  1. Buy Allergy-Proof Bedding

 

As I mentioned, dust mites love to live in duvets and pillows – especially if they’re made from feathers or wool. If possible, replace bedding with an allergy-proof alternative. This can stop mites breeding and provide relief when you’re sleeping.

 

It’s also important to wash your bedding at a high temperature. This kills dust mites and prevents them from building a colony in your bed (which isn’t a pleasant thought!)

 

  1. Reduce Humidity and Get Rid of any Mould

 

In some cases, a dust allergy is actually a reaction to mould spores. Both mould and dust mites thrive in humid homes, which can make allergies worse. For this reason, if you have mould in the home – or high humidity – this is a priority to fix.

 

The easiest way to reduce humidity is to buy a dehumidifier. These can be expensive, but can reduce humidity to manageable levels in just a few days. Keep the relative humidity below 50% as this is the minimum dust mites can live in.

A dehumidifier won’t get rid of mould though – it just stops it growing. If there’s noticeable mould in your home, you may need to have it treated by a professional to ensure it doesn’t return. If the mould is being caused by a leak in a roof, wall or window, this should also be fixed.

 

  1. Buy a Vacuum with a HEPA Filter

Have you noticed your symptoms often get worse after vacuuming? This is because a vacuum with a poor quality filter can stir up dust mites and other allergens into the air.

 

A vacuum with a HEPA filter, however, is much more effective at trapping and removing allergens from exhaust air. If you have an allergy, a HEPA filter should be your first priority, as it can make the biggest difference to your symptoms.

 

You may also want to consider buying a handheld vacuum, such as the ones recommended at Spotless Vacuum. Handheld models are great for quickly cleaning your mattress and bed base, which commonly harbour dust mites.

 

  1. Replace Bedroom Carpets with Hard Floors

 

Dust mites love carpets, as they provide a warm environment to live in. If your allergies are particularly bad at night, replacing carpets in your bedroom with tile or wood floors may be your best option. This is the most expensive and time-consuming tip, but can provide almost instant relief.

 

Summary

 

Dust mites are microscopic creatures – but they can cause big problems if you’re allergic to them. Fortunately, there are ways to quickly reduce their number, which can have a positive effect on any allergic reactions.

 

If you have any questions about dust mites, allergies or home cleaning, please let me know in the comments. I’d be glad to help!

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