Allergies are a common problem for many Americans. At least 55% of Americans have one or more allergies. While many people believe allergies can be avoided by staying indoors, the fact of the matter is that a lot of allergens are found inside. Whether you are at work or home, there are common allergens lurking, luckily there are easy ways to battle them.
Know Your Allergies
Knowing what you are allergic to will help you better fight the allergens. One thing to remember is that allergies can change as you age. Not only can you develop allergies, but your sensitivities can change as well. Mild allergies can grow, so it is always important to consult your doctor and stay up-to-date on what you are allergic to.
As soon as you know what you are allergic to, you can then take steps to combat it.
Recognize Danger Zones
Now that you know what you are allergic to you can assess potential problem areas. For an instant, many people are allergic to chemicals carried by bed bugs. One way to prevent this is to prevent the problem before it becomes an issue.
Here are tips for recognizing if your room is already infected by these pesky allergen critters. If you are currently clean, one of the best tips to prevent a future infestation is to cycle your sheets on bi-weekly intervals.
Constantly monitoring areas that could be deemed “danger zones” is an important way to battle indoor allergens.
Keep it Clean
There are some common indoor allergies that result from a collection of an unkempt environment. Here are some of these allergens: dust, mold, dander, and dirt.
The one thing that all these have in common is that they are perpetuated by a dirty environment. One common way to battle these triggers is to maintain a clean area.
- Use a wet rag when dusting so that you can collect the particles and not just spread them
- Mix up between sweeping and mopping to diversify the allergens that you clean
- Use a humidifier to keep the air clean
- Make sure that your danger areas for mold are monitored regularly
Unfortunately, pets are often the reason for many people’s indoor allergies. It is a very difficult situation because as much as we love animals, sometimes our bodies cannot handle being around them. If you have a minor pet allergy there are some simple tips to help manage the reactions.
It is recommended that you brush and wash your pet weekly. If you do not frequently clean your pet’s coat the dander will collect and can cause severe allergic reactions. Constantly cleaning the areas that your pet most frequently rests is also recommended. In drastic situations, the only solution is to find another living situation for the pet.
Some people do not want to resort to medication for battling allergies. One of the easiest ways to naturally combat allergens is to recognize what and where they are likely to be and simply prevent the particles from collecting. If you find yourself itching your eyes and constantly sneezing in the comfort of your own home then you may want to consult your doctor and see if you have developed a new allergy or if an old one has heightened.
What other tips do you have for battling indoor allergies?