Common Allergy Symptoms:
Things that can make your allergy symptoms worse
Allergy-proof Your Home
The below provides a general overview on this topic and may not apply to everyone. Any treatment protocol should be discussed with a qualified healthcare practitioner ... Please refer to: Medical & Legal Disclaimer.
Even the best air purifier won't compensate for poor hygiene and housekeeping when it comes to allergens in the environment. In terms of air quality, it's most important to be vigilant about keeping the bedroom clean, since this is where you spend a third of your life. The bedroom is usually the first room in which most people place air purifiers.
Pollutants in our environment are being blamed for an increase in all sorts of auto-immune-based diseases and allergies as well as cardiovascular disease. Even in homes where no one has diagnosed allergies, it's a good idea to make the environment as pollutant- and allergy-free as possible. How to do it?
- Dust / Dust Mites:
- Cover mattresses, box springs, duvets and pillows with allergy-proof covers to reduce dust mites -- a very common allergen.
- Reduce dust by frequently washing bedding, drapes and stuffed animals.
- Install wood floors instead of carpeting.
- Consider Non-toxic Flooring.
- Pollen: Reduce exposure to pollen by showering, washing your hair, and changing your clothes before going to bed. Keep doors and windows shut - especially on dry, windy days - and run the air conditioner in your home and car when possible.
- Smoking: Ban smoking in the house
- Mold: Clean areas prone to mold in your home - such as shower curtains and bathroom windows - with bleach. Avoid having plants in the house.
- Water: Filter your water with a carbon or reverse-osmosis filter.
- Indoor Air Quality: Avoid air fresheners, potpourri and pesticides.
- Non-toxic ways to freshen / deodorize your home's air are found on this webpage.
- Safe pesticides
- Don't use cleaning materials made from harsh chemicals. Natural cleaning products are better. Many items stocked in your pantry do as good a job at cleaning your home than many of the toxic commercial products.
- Instructions for cleaning your home with products you already have can be found on this webpage.
- These are increasingly available in retail stores and on-line -- one of my favorite brands is Seventh Generation. Many products of this particular line are increasingly becoming available in your local stores.
- Keep your home clean ...
- Avoid clutter. Get rid of dust collectors, carpets, drapes, and stuffed animals, and make an extra effort to keep the bedroom meticusly clean.
- Use shades, vertical blinds or washable curtains that can be easily cleaned. Avoid hard-to-clean horizontal blinds.
- Vacuum frequently, especially in the bedroom. Wear a dust mask when emptying vacuum bags.
- Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets weekly in hot water.
- Replace pillows every year or two or use synthetic pillows.
- Don't store anything under your bed.
- Ventilate your home frequently and thoroughly
- Keep pet dander at a minimum by bathing your pet frequently
- Use an air filtration system (in all areas you spend a lot of time in)
- Use allergen-resistant bedding
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
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