Currently, there is no cure for allergies, and all we can do is either treat the symptoms or try to eliminate the cause. We have given some advice on how best to keep your home clean and free from dust, pet dander, pollen and damp as these are the main culprits causing red eyes, sneezing, and scratching. If you need to go outside when the pollen count is high, it is always recommended that you take hay fever tablets to try and manage the problem.
The most common problem for people with allergies comes from dust particles. Try to vacuum regularly, including the curtains to stop particles building up around the home. Where possible, remove carpeted flooring and replace it with hardwood, linoleum or washable rugs, all these surfaces are easy to clean and can be kept dust-free. Additionally, keep your spaces clutter-free so dust can’t settle. It is easier to clean with a slightly damp cloth, never use a dry duster as this will make dust particles airborne leading to further complications.
Choose the Right Plants
Most of the pollen in the air of your home will come from outside, through doors and windows. Although you should try to minimize how many doors and windows are open, this is not always practical. Try to only have plants and trees in your garden that either produce small amounts of pollen or they produce pollen too heavy to be carried in the air. Fortunately, for those suffering with pollen there are some hypoallergenic varieties that can be planted, such as roses, hydrangeas, daffodils, and tulips. The worst offenders for creating pollen are chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, and sunflowers. Many kinds of grass and trees also have a high pollen count, so choose wisely.
Keep Bedrooms Clean
We spend up to one-third of our time sleeping in bed, so these are areas that need extra attention. Wash pillowcases and bed sheets regularly, especially when the pollen count is high. Try to stop the air from outside getting into your bedroom and use air cleaners or air conditioning units as these will both reduce the amount of pollen in the room. Always shower just before bed and make sure you leave old clothes in another area as your clothes will carry pollen on them if you have been outside. Many young children like to sleep with a soft toy, but these can capture dust so either wean the child off soft toys or make sure you wash them regularly to remove any particles. Mattresses should be cleaned to remove particles at least once a week.
Eliminate Damp Areas
Damp patches are a significant concern for those with allergies, so try to keep your home dry. Use a dehumidifier to get the moisture out of the air and take care of any damp issues your home may have. The major areas where damp can appear are in the kitchen and bathrooms. Try to dry surfaces once they have gotten wet with either a cloth or paper towels. Don’t leave damp shower mats after bathing, try to either wash and dry them or hang them up, so the moisture doesn’t sit. There are many causes of dampness, and the leading indicators are mold and a musty smell. If you have a portable dehumidifier or an air conditioning unit, it is smart to run these for a short period after bathing to try and eliminate the moisture in the air.
Pet allergies are a common ailment, but even if you have a mild allergy, you can still own a pet with fur or feathers. You should always keep any pets out of bedrooms, this gives you a safe space where pet dander will not collect. Groom your pets regularly to reduce the amount of dander they spread around the house. Animals with long fur will also bring in pollen from outside so wash and brush them as often as you can to reduce that. Don’t give your animals soft toys to play with and make sure you clean their basket or bedding regularly to limit the build-up of pollen and dander, which may cause you issues. If your home has vented heating or cooling, you should cover these with a fine mesh such as cheesecloth to keep any pet dander in one space. Try to limit the areas your pets can get into by keeping internal doors closed.
People with severe allergies will need to take extra steps to eliminate dust, pollen, and pet dander. Using plastic covers over beds and pillows will significantly reduce the build-up of these particles on your bedding. It may be wise to keep plastic covers on sofas and chairs also as these can be cleaned with a damp cloth. For those with severe pet allergies, doctors will advise against keeping animals. You can also wear a dust mask when in the garden to keep particles out of your respiratory system. Use a clothes brush to brush off pollen if you have been outside or have another set of indoor clothes as this will make you more comfortable.
By following the suggestions above, you should notice a dramatic reduction in bouts of allergic reactions. Although there is no full-proof way to protect yourself, by being proactive at eliminating or reducing the causes of your allergies, you will lead a more comfortable life. Be extra vigilant when your allergies are likely to be an issue and remember to always keep your bedroom as a safe space where you can go should you have a flare-up of symptoms. If problems persist, you should always seek professional medical advice.