If you suffer from any kind of allergy or asthma, you know the misery they can cause. In addition to nasal congestion, allergies can make you feel tired, ill, and drained. Not only does asthma cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, it can be dangerous because it brings about low blood oxygen levels.
Dust mites, pollen, mold, and pet dander are all culprits when it comes to exacerbating these conditions. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to reduce the number of allergens that infiltrate your home. Maintaining a well-ventilated, clean, and clutter-free house is the best way to keep asthma and allergies to a minimum. Here are some room-by-room tips to ward off irritants.
- Replace old, worn mattresses. You should keep your mattress for a maximum of eight years. And when you swap it for a new one, your back will likely thank you, too!
- Encase pillows, mattresses, and box springs with dust-mite-proof covers. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America’s website has information about where to find certified products for this purpose.
- Wash sheets, pillowcases, and duvets once a week in hot water.
- Stuffed animals are one of the main offenders when it comes to dust mites in childrens’ rooms. Wash blankets, stuffed animals, and other bedding frequently. Even better, limit your child’s bedroom to two stuffed animals!
- We all love our pets, but if you are allergic to pet dander, your dog or cat should not share your bedroom with you.
In the bathroom:
- Fungi thrive in damp areas. Be sure your bathrooms have exhaust fans so they are adequately ventilated to prevent moisture proliferation.
- Replace moldy shower curtains.
- Wash towels and rugs frequently.
In the kitchen:
- Remove any excess moisture from your refrigerator to prevent the formation of mold.
- Keep your surfaces free of food crumbs to discourage pests, especially roaches that can trigger both allergies and asthma.
- Wash dishes daily.
- Keep your sink and taps mold-free by wiping them down regularly.
In the basement:
- Remove water-damaged ceiling tiles, carpet, or insulation.
- Wipe down any spills or moisture from leaks immediately. The longer the moisture lingers, the more likely it is to encourage mold growth.
In all areas:
- Carpets harbor dust, pet dander, and dirt. Consider replacing your floor coverings with hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring. Regardless of the surface, vacuum it at least twice a week.
- During hay fever season, keep windows closed and air conditioning on to keep pollen out of your home.
- Keep surfaces clear of clutter so it is easier to dust frequently.
- Potted plants are beautiful, but unfortunately, the soil can collect mold. If you have allergy-sufferers in your home, it is best to keep the greenery outdoors.
- Consider switching from blinds to washable curtains that you can remove and wash often.
- Use a HEPA filter to reduce pollutants and allergens that cause allergy flare-ups.
- Purchase a dehumidifier to control humidity and keep mold to a minimum.
- Once a week, bathe your pet and wash his or her toys and bedding.
- Vacuum and dust frequently.
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