No one likes to constantly be sneezing, sniffling, and coughing, period – especially, not while in our own homes. According to doctors and specialists, over fifty million people suffer from allergies. Many of these allergies are found in our own homes and include pet dander, pollen, dust, and even mold. Even moderate allergy symptoms can be unbearable, but more severe symptoms can lead to debilitating and life threatening conditions, like asthma and lung disease. Asthma at home is never any fun. Luckily, there are a number of ways that we can help allergy proof our home so that we can effectively breathe a little easier. Here are 5 home allergy-proofing tips and tricks.
- Dehumidify your bathroom. Our bathrooms can be like a moisture trap, especially after a shower. What can happen is that all that steam accumulates and turns to water droplets on the walls. Because there is no way for the moisture to escape, mold starts to form. The mold, when airborne, can be incredibly toxic. It is recommended to not only open windows after a shower, but to squeegee the walls. If you have an overhead dehumidifier, you should always turn that on as well both during and after a shower.
- Clean your bedding regularly. Dust and other allergens can really start to build up on our beds. Not only does our bedding collect dust, but tiny microscopic remnants of our dead skin can start to accumulate too. In some areas you might even have dust mites, which feed on this dead skin and dust. So, make sure that you not only shake out your bedding – outside – but also wash it using the hottest cycle. Hot temperatures and a good wash should kill all the bugs and clean off any dead skin cells. If your allergies are still flaring up, you might need to purchase special allergy-proof pillows and bedspreads.
- Give your pet a bath. In the summertime especially, our pets can really start to shed. This means an excess of dander will be falling off and spreading throughout your home. Pet dander can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, so it is important to give your pet a bath every month or so. Not only does this reduce the amount of dander, but also it will reduce the amount of germs and other allergens, like pollen, that your pet might be dragging in the house from the backyard.
- Improve the air quality inside your home. It might be that the air inside your home is trapping all of these indoor air pollutants that are causing your allergy symptoms to flare up. One of the best remedies is to purchase an air filter, which can circulate the air in your home and trap all the pollutants. Some air filters can trap up to 98% of the pollutants in your home.
- Keep your windows closed during the peak allergy season. It might be hard to know what is more insufferable: keeping the windows open and suffering from allergies or being cooped inside your own home? However, if you know that your allergies will become more severe during a particular season or even a particular time of day, it is recommended to keep your windows closed. It is always better to be safe than sorry.