Achooo! Are you allergic to your home?

By July 15, 2020Asthma

Did you know that where you live is one of the main contributors to seasonal allergies SoundCloud Mobile? It’s true. So, how can you fight this? Well, you could move to another area – unfortunately, not all of us have this luxury.

You can’t always run away from your problems, but you can fight them off! With a few simple solutions, you can prevent those pesky allergens from invading your home! Let’s take a look at your battle plan for allergen annihilation.

Simple solutions for your home

Your bedroom: Do you allow your pets to sleep on your bed with you? We know that the thought of locking them in a back-room feels a bit cold, but the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America explains that:

  • Many of the allergens in your room come from your pets. They bring in dander and pollen from outside.
  • Solution: Invest in a dust mite-proof mattress and don’t allow your pets on your bed. We know that this might be difficult at first, but get a nice basket or pet-bed instead.

The Kitchen: Do you suffer from asthma? Make sure your kitchen is cockroach-free! The excrement from these guys can cause an asthma attack.

  • It’s best to either fumigate your home every few months or call an exterminator if the problem persists.
  • If you hate cleaning, start now! Leftover food attracts cockroaches

Bathroom: Mould thrives in a warm, damp environment. It’s one of the main causes of allergies.

  • Use an extractor fan. If you don’t have one, get one installed because this reduces moisture in the air. If you can’t afford one, open windows and dry the bathroom out.
  • If you see mould, remove it immediately!
  • Wash towels and cloths at least once a week
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Also, if you have air-conditioning in your home, use it to reduce moisture. It is also essential to keep your windows free from mould and mildew. Remember to keep them closed during the early afternoon – this is the peak time for air-born pollens and spores.

If you’re still suffering from allergies, you may need to consult your doctor about medication to reduce the symptoms. You will probably find that you have a strong case of:

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, commonly known as Hay-fever

As the name suggests, a change in season is the cause, especially in Spring. Each season brings different types of pollen. They get spread by the wind and cause the lining of the nasal passages to swell, producing excess amounts of mucus.

Symptoms include:

  • Sessions of sneezing
  • Itching of the nose
  • Teary eyes

Treatments include: Antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays. You should feel relief after a couple of days.

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References:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Healthline