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Home Is Where the Sneeze Is

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When you have indoor aller­gies, it’s hard to feel like “there’s no place like home.” The good news is there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your exposure to indoor allergens.

Don’t Let Dust Get Too Comfortable
If you or someone in your household has allergies, cleaning the home is incredibly important in managing exposure to indoor allergens. Regular use of a cyclonic vacuum or a vacuum with a HEPA filter, washing items in hot water, and using dust mite-proof casings can reduce allergens.

Couches, Curtains, and Cushions, Oh My
Allergens make themselves at home in fab­rics throughout the house, such as upholstered couches and chairs, bedding, curtains, and carpets. If you can’t tear up the carpet or remove the curtains, look for cleaning products that will denature or deactivate dust mite matter and cat and dog dander in fabrics in the home.

Kick the Habit
Don’t smoke indoors at any time. This benefits everyone.

When in Doubt, Air It Out
Clean and disinfect bathrooms, kitchens, and basements regularly, and keep them well ventilated to reduce the growth of mold. Use exhaust fans or open a window when cooking or bathing.

Keep Fido Allergy-Friendly
Can’t live without pets? Bathe them once a week to reduce dan­der, and whenever possible, keep your pet out of the bedroom.

 

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, www.AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org

This article was originally published in Coping® with Allergies & Asthma magazine, Winter 2011-2012.