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Reducing Allergens Starts in the Home

May 13, 2013

Calm girl wearing a particle maskSpring is in the air and whether we like it or not, so are seasonal allergy triggers.

Millions of people spend their spring season trying to combat symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, and sinus pain and pressure.

The best way to find relief from seasonal allergies is to minimize exposure to pollen and other allergy triggers.  Since there is no way to control the pollen or allergen count outdoors, improving the indoor air quality of your home can make a difference in providing a healthy haven for yourself and your loved ones.

Staying indoors with windows and doors shut, especially on high pollen count days can help reduce seasonal allergy triggers.  If the house gets too warm, turn on the air conditioner if possible.

If your plans call for being outdoors on high pollen count days, rinse off and change your clothes upon returning indoors. This will help to keep any allergens you picked up outside from spreading around your home.

Vacuum carpeted areas of your home regularly.  Be sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.  Vacuum all upholstered furniture as well since dust and pollen tend to settle into the fabric in carpet and on furniture.

When cleaning, dust surfaces with a microfiber cloth.  Microfiber cloths trap dust particles so they won’t be released back into the air.  Use microfiber mops instead of brooms for cleaning floors.  Sweeping can also stir allergens back into the air.

Wash bed linens weekly and dry them in a hot setting dryer.  Avoid hanging clothes outside to dry because pollen can settle on the them.

If possible, use allergen-free bedding.

For extra allergy relief help, keep a HEPA filter air purifier running in your home to help remove any allergens that may have been brought into your home from outside.  HEPA filters remove allergens such as pollen, dust, mold spores, and pet dander, from the air inside your home.

Try making your own household cleaning products at home with non-toxic ingredients like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Castille soap, and baking soda. Using non-toxic cleaners helps reduce toxins that may cause your allergies to flare up.

While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, symptoms can be kept under control by minimizing exposure to pollen and other allergy triggers.

Good indoor air quality is important for those suffering from seasonal allergies, asthma, or sinus problems.  Making sure the air in your home is free of pollen is essential for promoting allergy relief and overall health.

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