How to Allergy-Proof Your Home
Do you suffer from constant itching in the nose or eyes, sneezing and nasal congestion? These are all attributes of an allergic reaction called Allergic rhinitis which over 400 million people suffer from.
Allergic rhinitis is a diagnosis associated with a group of symptoms affecting the nose. These symptoms occur when you breathe in something you are allergic to.
Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, and cockroach droppings can trigger allergy and asthma-like symptoms in millions of allergy sufferers. In fact, a survey published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that at least six allergens were detectable in more than 50 percent of homes (1). Carried in through the air, allergens can be found in furniture, floors, and other surfaces around the house. While no home can be completely allergen-free, thorough cleaning on a regular basis can help reduce the number of allergens to which you're exposed. There’s also a proven quick and easy way to find allergy relief using a humidifier.
Humidifiers can help your body maintain its defense system. Proper humidity levels help your body create a healthy mucus layer in your nose and throat. Virginia's "CommonHealth" program describes it this way: That mucus layer traps contaminants as you inhale them, preventing them from getting into your respiratory system and triggering an allergic reaction or causing colds, sinus infections, and the flu. The tiny hairs, called Cilia, at the back of your nose and lining your airways are also part of the defense system, and they work best if you are not too dried out. (2)
Finding the right level of humidity in your house is important. Allergen particles, are more likely to fly around if there's too little moisture. Depending on the conditions inside your home, use a humidifier as needed to keep the humidity at about 40%. During warmer months, run your air conditioner, which will also help control mold and dust mites by reducing humidity. Even though a humidifier will not completely solve your allergies, it will greatly improve your living conditions in your home you will still want to incorporate the tips below in your efforts to kick allergies out of your household.
Dusting Dos and Dont's:
Dust mites-the most common trigger of allergy symptoms- thrive in the dust. Use a damp or treated cloth that attracts dust rather than scattering it.
Vacuum to reduce allergens:
Vacuuming- especially in areas that accumulate more dust, such as carpeting and furniture-can help control allergens in your house. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which can trap small particles and prevent them from spreading into the air.
Wash away allergens
Dust mites tend to thrive in bedding, pillows, and throw rugs. And since we spend so much time in the bedroom, its especially important to reduce allergens there. At least once a week, wash pillowcases, sheets, and blankets in very hot water at least 130 degrees-and dry them in a hot dryer to kill dust mites.
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