Many of us suffer from allergies, especially now that spring has sprung. We commonly associate our allergies – sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes – with all the many pollens floating around outside, however, according to the article below from WebMd, many people are affected by allergens in their own home. Pet dander, mold and dust are just a few of the indoor allergens. The article shows us how we can “allergy-proof” our home and hopefully alleviate some of our miserable allergy symptoms.
Relief for Allergies at Home
Allergy-proof your home to eliminate stuffy sneezes
By Gina Shaw
WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD
Your home is your castle — except when you’re allergic to it. A recent nationwide survey found that over half of all Americans test positive for at least some allergens, and many of these are indoor allergies such as dust, mold, and pet dander.
How can you allergy-proof your home to make it a refuge, not a source of sneezes? Take a tour of your house from room to room, find out where the allergens are lurking, and get relief from indoor allergies.
Allergies in the Bedroom
“This is the most allergen-prone room in your house, because the most common indoor allergen is dust mites,” says James Sublett, MD, an allergist in Louisville, Ky.
The single most important thing you can do for dust mite allergies is to put hypoallergenic casings on your beds, mattresses, box springs, and especially the pillows. “They’re right in your face all the time, so they particularly need allergy casings,” says Sublett.
You can also reduce the presence of dust mites in your beds by using only washable bedding. Many people may pile their beds with fancy quilts, throw pillows, and wool blankets that aren’t washed regularly.
“If you move them around at night when you’re getting ready for bed, you stir up the particulate found in these linens,” says Sublett.
This applies to stuffed animals in children’s bedrooms as well. Instead of piling stacks and stacks of cuddly toys on the bed, limit the furry friends to one or two favorites that are washable. (Take a look at the label — many stuffed animals are marked “surface clean only.”) Your child’s linens and stuffed animals should be washed in hot water at least once a week. (continue reading…)