Often, the remedy for allergy symptoms includes medication or shots, but there are some simpler ways to address allergy triggers, at least in your home. Avoidance is the best bet. Here are some tips for minimizing the impact of these common indoor allergy triggers.
Dust mites can be found on upholstery, stuffed animals, carpets and pillows. The key to minimizing dust mites is to:
- clean these areas regularly
- use allergen prevention coverings on your bed pillows
- wash and dry bed linens at high heat settings
- use a HEPA-filtered bag in your vacuum cleaner
Pets may be a beloved part of your family, but they are also one of the most common triggers for allergy sufferers. The best solution is to keep pets outdoors. If, however, you insist on having your furry friend live indoors, make it a breed that doesn’t trigger your symptoms as much. Some dogs and cats produce more dander than others.
Mold tends to grow in moist, dark places. Clean it out of your shower at the first signs using a simple shower cleaner. If you have a basement, it’s best not to have allergy sufferers spend much time down there. Tend to plumbing problems immediately to prevent mold from growing in those areas.
To keep cockroaches out of your home, have an exterminator treat your home regularly, take out the trash frequently and wash dishes immediately.
Pollen clings to your hair, skin and clothes and comes inside with you. Pets bring pollen in, too. The key is to remove the articles of clothing you wore outside as quickly as possible and to wash your hair and skin. Wipe down pets with a damp cloth before they come inside. For added protection, purchase an air purifier to remove the remaining pollen from your indoor air.
The best way to eliminate cigarette smoke as an indoor allergy trigger is to make sure smokers only light up and smoke outside.
For more information about improving the air quality in your home, contact the professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
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