Tips for Allergy-Proofing Your Home

There are actual steps you can take to allergy-proof your home.

Allergy-proofing your home can mean different things to different people. For some, it means making the home less hospitable to allergens. For others, it means minimizing the effects of allergies within their homes.

Either way, there are steps you can take to allergy-proof your own living space:

Use a pillow barrier

A pillow barrier is a good option if you have dust mites on your mattress. A pillow barrier is a sheet of plastic with a zipper that fits over the mattress and covers all four sides of it. It works as an airtight seal, which keeps allergens from getting into your bed. Pillow barriers can be washed when needed and reused for several years.

If you don’t want to buy a new bed or invest in expensive allergy-proofing measures just yet, this might be an option for you. As mentioned above, dust mite allergies are one of the most common causes of allergic asthma symptoms in children (and adults).

Remove carpets and rugs

You can remove carpets and rugs to help allergy-proof your home. Carpets and rugs are often a big source of dust, pollen, mold, and mildew. They can also trap moisture which attracts mold spores. Allergens love to live in carpets because they’re warm and moist—like the tropical rainforest!

Carpet fibers are also extremely small, so they’re easy for dust mites to crawl through (and allergen-laden air particles too). This makes it easier for you to breathe them into your lungs when you’re on the floor or in bed near it.

Regularly vacuum with a HEPA filter

If you’re not using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, now’s the time to start. HEPA filters capture dust and allergens from the air as you vacuum, reducing the amount that can be kicked up into your home. As long as you’re cleaning your floors regularly (which has other benefits besides allergy relief), replacing your vacuum cleaner’s filter every six months to one year should be enough for most people.

Some vacuums come with filters that can be washed in the washing machine if you want to keep it simple and avoid purchasing additional supplies like replacement bags or filters. Upgrading to a full-size vacuum with an upright design will help ensure all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly — especially high-traffic areas like hallways and staircases — while also making it easier on yourself because there are fewer cords causing tripping hazards around furniture legs!

Cut the clutter

The last thing you want is a bunch of clutter in your home, which can trigger allergy symptoms. It’s also one of the first things to look at when trying to allergy-proof your home.

To start, remove clutter from your home and get rid of items you don’t use—whether old clothes or outdated decorations. You should also clean and organize the surfaces in your home, so there are no dust mites hiding in the corners or cracks. The less clutter there is, the easier it will be for air currents to flow through the room without picking up pollen particles or other allergens along the way.

Keep pets out of the bedroom

You may think having a dog in your bedroom is fine, but it’s also one of the worst places for them. If you suffer from allergies and have an indoor pet, you could be exacerbating your symptoms by keeping them in your bedroom. Pets can carry mites that cause skin problems like eczema or dermatitis. In addition to mites, pets also shed allergens like dander (dead skin) and saliva into the air—and they’re not just shedding when they’re shedding their winter coats in springtime but also shedding year-round!

The best way to protect yourself from these allergens is by avoiding contact with them altogether: keep pets out of the bedroom at all times.

Use a dehumidifier in damp areas

A dehumidifier is a great way to reduce humidity in the home, especially in damp areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. The device will remove excess moisture from the air and allow you to breathe easier during allergy season.

Check for leaks and moisture.

Leaks in your home can be a major source of allergens, especially if they’re coming from your water heater or other appliances. Check the basement, garage, and crawlspace for any signs of leaks or moisture. Moisture control can also help prevent mold growth and keep dust levels down in the kitchen and bathroom—which is where many people tend to hang out while they’re sick with colds or flu-like symptoms that are often associated with allergies. If you have an older dishwasher that’s leaking water into your cabinets under the sink, consider replacing it now to save yourself the hassle later on when allergy season rolls back around again next spring!

Still struggling with allergies? Make an appointment with one of the specialists at Breathe Clear Institute today.

If you’re still experiencing allergy symptoms, make an appointment for an evaluation at Breathe Clear Institute to see what treatment options are right for you.

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Helpful Tips for Controlling Your Allergies

Alleviate Allergy Symptoms Fast

It’s nice to enjoy fresh air and beautiful weather when it occurs, but that can quickly become miserable for those who suffer from allergies. You’re not alone; 36 million Americans have trouble with allergies on a seasonal basis. When you feel the runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion coming on, it’s something that can slow you down. While there’s no hard and fast cure for allergies, there are certain things you can do to minimize the suffering you go through on a seasonal basis. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the nice days when they come around:

Tip 1: Understand Your Triggers

One major thing you can do to lessen your symptoms is to understand their causes, so you can avoid them. Ragweed and other pollens are high on the seasonal list. They are often along the road and can travel many miles. You should check allergen reports before you go outside for a long walk. If there are a lot of irritating substances in the air that day, walk on a treadmill instead. Mold is another common trigger that can be found in hay, straw, leaves, and more. It’s most abundant after it rains. Knowing what triggers your symptoms can help you avoid them.

Tip 2: Take Preventative Measures

There are many things you can do to prevent a flare-up. If you’re working in the garden during an allergy season, wear a mask. Check pollen counts before you travel. Wear sunglasses outside. Wash your hands often, and wash your hair and clothing after you’ve been outside to get the pollen off you and out of the house. The more you can do on your own, the less you are likely to suffer a more severe attack.

Tip 3: Get Treatment

There are a lot of different medications and even over the counter treatments you can try to improve your seasonal allergy symptoms. Talk to an ENT doctor about what the best options are for you. It’s possible that you will need to try a few things before you hit the right combination. There are treatments that prevent symptoms, as well as those you take after symptoms occur to lessen their impact. 

Tip 4: Beware of What You Eat

If you have seasonal allergies, there could be foods that have a cross-reaction to what bothers you, thus provoking symptoms. Certain foods could have those pollens in them, or they may simply bring out your symptoms. If you’re doing everything right and still have allergy symptoms, it could be food related. 

Tip 5: Visit With an ENT Doctor

The specialists at Breathe Clear are here to work with you and help figure out what will lessen your discomfort. It might be over the counter meds, prescriptions, nasal sprays, shots, or any number of other things. ENT doctors have experience with all of these, and can help you troubleshoot your symptoms until you find a way to alleviate your suffering for good.

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Finding Lasting Allergy Relief

Everyone Wants Allergy Relief

Allergies are miserable for anyone who suffers from them. All anyone really wants is relief from the symptoms they experience when their allergies flare up. Allergy symptoms can feel somewhat like the common cold with the runny nose, congestion, and itchy eyes, only they are caused by allergens and not germs. If you suffer from allergies, make it a point to find the best allergy relief. It can take a few steps and some trial and error, but everyone can and should find the relief they need. Here are some steps to take to find your path to allergy relief.

Step 1: Know Your Allergy Triggers

To figure out what triggers your allergies, you will want to keep an eye on what happens around you before or during a flare. Perhaps you’ve noticed that you sneeze every time your cousin’s cat comes near or your eyes are particularly itchy when the pollen counts are high outside. Learning your triggers and the allergens that get to you the most can help you in finding allergy relief.

Step 2: Try Some Protective Measures

Once you figure out at least some of your allergens, you can take steps to prevent allergy attacks from happening. If you noticed the cat was bothering you, meet with your cousin at your house or choose a public location. If it’s the pollen, stay inside when the counts are high or wear protective sunglasses that wrap around your face to reduce the amount of pollen that gets into your eyes. Get creative with your protection and you may find something that works well.

Step 3: Beware Of Certain Foods

It seems there are more food allergies today than ever before and if you have seasonal allergies, even foods could trigger allergy symptoms. If you haven’t been around your trigger allergens, and yet are still feeling allergy symptoms, go to your foods to see what the issue might be.

Step 4: Visit With An ENT Doctor

Little protective measures can help and trying to figure out your allergens on your own is a good, proactive step, but nothing can take the place of visiting with an ENT doctor to get to the bottom of your allergies. The ENT doctor can run allergy tests and determine more specifics about your allergen sensitivity. They can also suggest over the counter medication to take when you have an allergy flare, or they might even give you a prescription. There are even long-term options, such as allergy shots, that can take away your suffering completely over time.

Getting The Better Of Allergies

Allergies come with symptoms that can affect people of all ages. They can appear in young children or show up later in life, even in those who didn’t have them as a child. But no one should have to suffer from the miserable symptoms allergies bring along with them. These steps can help you start to take control over the worst of your symptoms and step four can help you strive towards long-term relief. When you’re ready to put a real treatment into place based on your specified symptoms, contact Breathe Clear Institute for help.

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