Easy Ways to Alleviate Allergies

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Repair any leaks or drips. If there is water sitting, dry it. Water and moisture facilitate mold growth, a common allergy stimulator.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.