Tips To Avoid Indoor Allergies
Jul 2nd, 2012
Allergies are often linked with being outdoors. We often associate them with irritants like pollen and bee stings. However, indoor allergies are also very common and have become almost as popular as outdoor allergens. Thanks to devices like vacuum cleaners and HEPA filters, we can keep allergens to a minimum. Here are some ways to keep your home allergy-free.
Dust mites are minute bugs and are invisible to the naked eye. They feed on dead skin cells which we constantly shed. Mites rarely trigger an allergic reaction. Instead, we are allergic to their droppings, which can be found everywhere they go.
They usually live on carpets, sofas, and curtains, but their favorite place to live is our beds. To prevent them from living on your bed you can use plastic casings for mattresses and pillows . These casings prevent the mites from burrowing into your mattress and living there.
You should change your bedding frequently to keep mites out. Wash your bedding and pillow covers in hot water at least once a week. Comforters and duvets should also be cleaned accordingly, at least every month.
Once you get rid of these mites, you should also keep the rest of your house clean. Clean your fan every week to keep dust from accumulating. Vacuum your furniture and carpets regularly, especially if you have pets. Good advice would be to replace your drapes and curtains with shades.
Pets can also cause allergies. Cats and dogs carry potential irritants like dander and saliva. These irritants are trapped in carpets, rugs, and sofa and can be difficult to remove. If you intend to keep pets inside the house you might want to get rid of the carpet and rugs and stick with hardwoods floor instead.
Vacuuming regularly is a great way to fight allergies. Wear a mask each time you do so to prevent sneezing and other symptoms. Give your pets a bath once a week. Consult your veterinarian regarding which product to use to protect their sensitive skin. Don’t let your pets enter your bedroom. You’ll worsen your allergies if they gain access to your clothes and bedding.
Indoor mold can cause indoor allergies. Molds grow in moist areas like poorly ventilated rooms, bathrooms, basements. Use a humidifier to clean the air in these areas and use bleach to clean these areas.
Whatever triggers your allergic reaction, the best way to avoid indoor allergies is to de-clutter. if you have many things lying around disorganized, allergens will have more places to cling to. mark a date to do your major cleaning and get rid of things you don’t need. A minimalist design will make you feel better and you will have fewer items to clean. The best way to staty health and not tap into those medical insurance deductibles is to focus on staying clean and alert.
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