Maybe it’s too early to think about spring, but it’s just around the corner. You know, that time of year when your eyes start itching and tearing and burning. A runny nose at the most inappropriate times. That’s so disgusting to think about. So, what’s an allergy sufferer to do? Hide? Try these tips:
- Momma always said to be clean! A good ole fashioned cleaning at home always works best. Dust mites are a common asthma/allergy trigger – it is estimated that 45% of the population suffers from dust mite allergies. They thrive on skin cells and moisture, so bedding is a prime target. Hypoallergenic bedding and pillow covers work well. No need to buy from an allergy store; Walmart and other discounters sell them, also. Be sure to replace your pillow before you install a new protective case on it, or every 2 years. A good vacuuming of your mattress also works well.
- Wash sheets and pillow cases often. Use the hottest water your sheets can handle. Adding a pint jar of peroxide in the wash also helps. Be sure to place them in the dryer versus line drying. Wash or appropriately clean all bedding.
- Momma also said to make your bed when you first arise. Time to take a pause from dear ole Mom’s teaching on this one. Leave your bedding turned down for a few minutes while you get ready to go. This allows any moisture that’s in your sheets to escape. Dust mites need moisture to survive and we all perspire a little bit while sleeping.
- Wash your hands often, particularly after petting your animal. Dog and cat dander is a sure-fire allergen. This is a great technique to promote healthy living year-round.
- Change the A/C or furnace air filter. Do this after any major cleaning. Buy a good filter. Those labeled with MERV ratings are the best to use. MERV rating of 7 to 11 will work best. They usually come in four different stages; no need for the absolute best but get the one below the top.
- Repair any leaks or drips. If there is water sitting, dry it. Water and moisture facilitate mold growth, a common allergy stimulator.
- Clean under the refrigerator. Using a good vacuum that has a HEPA filter will keep from spreading that dust all over the home. Wear a dust mask when you do this. You will find many videos on You Tube for the best way to do this.
- Check you vacuum cleaner. If it’s due for replacement, be sure to get one that has a HEPA filter.
Take care of your home and it will take care of you! For other allergy tips, contact Alpha Environmental.