Life with allergies can be hard, and uncomfortable. Depending on the season and where you live, there can be any number of triggers waiting for you outside during the day, and even more when you return home in the evening. Did you know that there are a number of simple, easy things you can do daily to reduce the number of allergic triggers there are in your home? If you have allergies, or know someone who suffers through aggravating symptoms, share these tips to help them reduce reoccurring reactions.
1. Take a Shower Daily
One of the best things that a personal with seasonal allergies can do is to take a shower immediately after you return from the outdoors. Don’t wait and relax first, as allergens hitchhike their way into your home on soft surfaces, including clothing, hair and skin. Head to the bathroom and rinse off, to eliminate allergies that have accumulated throughout the day.
2. Manage Dirty Laundry
Doing a load of laundry isn’t high on everyone’s priority list, particularly after a long work day. But where you keep your laundry can have a tremendous impact on the air quality of your home. A reminder that soft surfaces including your clothing accumulate allergens throughout the day, so storing your dirty clothes in your bedroom is not the best idea. Keep a basket in the laundry room or in another place, to avoid breathing in allergens all night.
3. Ditch the Carpet Where possible, avoid living in areas that have carpeting. Each fiber of carpeted flooring acts as a sponge that traps allergens, and retains them. Carpets are bad news for allergy suffers, as they increase the allergen load over time to reduce your interior air quality, and condense allergens that will trigger histamine production in the body. Tile and wood floors will help allergy sufferer’s breath more easily.
4. Avoid Open Windows While it’s nice to allow some fresh air in, if you suffer from allergies, opening your windows on a nice day can also invite pollen, dander, dust mites and other elements that will trigger your symptoms. A HEPA filter fan is a great investment. Not only does it create the same air movement that is relaxing and pleasant during warmer months, it also helps improve the air quality of your home by catching and trapping allergens. (Remember to wear a dust mask when changing your filter).
5. Pets and Allergies Many people with allergies choose not to have pets, to help moderate their symptoms. However, people with allergies and a love for domesticated pets like dogs, cats or birds can reduce allergic triggers by reducing dander. This means washing your pet and rinsing them thoroughly on a weekly basis. Brushing your pet outside can also help reduce the amount of dander (pet dandruff) that is tracked into your home.
6. De-Clutter for Dust The more interior decorations you have, the more places there are for dust to build up (even with frequent cleaning). Reduce your accessories to make it easier to clean your living space more frequently (without having to move items), and breathe easier.
7. Patrol for Mold Mold is one of the most frequent allergens found in a home, and it can hide in places that you might not think of. Bathroom cleansing spray can help eliminate and prevent mold on tiles, in the shower or around the sink or bathtub. Also spray cleanser on your garbage can, around your door frames and in your garbage disposal or sink drain weekly, to prohibit the growth of mold in moist areas. Avoid over watering house plants; while plants are excellent filters and improve air quality, wet soil rapidly grows mold, contributing to allergic reactions. If you are tired of being caught between your allergy symptoms and over the counter medications for seasonal allergies, which leave you feeling drowsy, try a new nutritional approach.
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