Protect yourself from allergies


When spring has sprung you may feel the urge to open up the windows and get out doors. Then it hits you, allergies! You shouldn’t have to wear a face mask to stop the sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes. Below you will find some helpful tips to reduce your allergy symptoms this spring:

1. Get rid of your carpeting.
It may feel cushy but carpet can be a haven for dust mites. Even worse if it’s been installed over concrete carpeting can interfere with the evaporation of moisture, which not only contributes to dust mites but mold as well. Opt for hard word flooring with area rugs.

2. Bathe your pets
Aside from tracking pollen in your house your pets also shed fur and dander. Bathe your pets at least once a month and make sure they are well groomed to reduce allergies.

3. Take your plants out doors.
As much as your indoor plants cheered you up during the winter, spring is a good time to put them outside. Houseplants can be surprisingly irritating. The reason is mold spores live in the warm and wet dirt. FYI: Fake or silk plants aren’t good substitutes either because they’re notorious dust collectors and very hard to keep clean.

4. Run Your Air Conditioner
It may not sound like a good idea but running your air conditioner (as long as your filter is clean) is a great way to prevent pollen from entering your house. Which is what happens when you open your windows. Air conditioners also benefit allergy sufferers by reducing the humidity in the house.

5. Look at your bathroom.
You probably already know that stuff that forms in your bathtub gives off mold spores that get sent into the air.  Scrubbing the bath tub with a combination of one cup of bleach to a gallon of water will remove the mildew. But don’t forget to look everywhere else too! For example: the bathmat you step on every day can encourage mold. After using it hang the bathmat over the shower rod to let it dry and make sure to wash it weekly.

6. Exercise late in the day.
If you are feeling all itchy, runny, and stuffy consider changing your outdoor morning workout to an after work one. As early morning (5 a.m. to 10 a.m.) is prime time for the highest pollen counts.

7. Leave your shoes at the door.
Your shoes can track pollutants, allergens, and toxins into your home.  To keep those out of your home wipe your shoes on a mat and then leave them in the foyer, garage, or laundry room.

8. Remove the fluff.
If you have allergies it might be time to get rid of the upholstered furniture in favor of leather. Upholstered furniture can easily trap dead skin cells, animal dander, and dust. Added bonus: Leather furniture is easily cleaned with a quick wiping using a damp cloth. If replacing your furniture isn’t a option just ditch the fluffy throws and pillows for the spring.

9. Give the kids toys a bath.
It’s very likely that your children’s teddy bears and all of their other friends harbor millions of dust mites. Get rid of the mites by washing your children’s stuffed animals weekly in hot water.

10. Get the right vacuum.
Not all vacuums are created equal. Your best bet is a vacuum with a HEPA rated filter. These filters prevent the vacuum from releasing the same dust back into the air. Also your vacuum should be emptied well before the full mark.

11. Deep clean and allergy proof your home.
Keep allergens at bay with these helpful tips:

– Encase pillows, mattresses, and box springs in dust mite proof covers.

– Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week in hot water.

– Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric and replace horizontal blinds with washable shades.

– Wash dishes daily and scrub the sink and faucets to remove mold and food debris.

– Wipe up excessive moisture in the refrigerator to avoid mold growth and discard moldy or out of date food.

– Install and use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Most stove top hoods only filter cooking particulates without venting outside.

– Clean cabinets and countertops with detergent and water.

– Check under sink cabinets for plumbing leaks.

– Clean or replace moldy shower curtains and bathmats.

– Choose easy to clean chairs, dressers and nightstands made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.

– Avoid use of wood burning fireplaces or stoves in your homes because smoke and gases can worsen respiratory allergies. Most natural gas fireplaces won’t cause this problem.

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