Suffer From Indoor Allergies? 5 Important Tips To Ease Your Symptoms

The endless sniffling, coughing and watery eyes has been draining your energy for weeks or even months. Short of relying on medication 24/7 during allergy season, you may not feel there’s much you can do to ease your symptoms, especially if you have indoor allergies. Actually, you’d be surprised at the minor adjustments you can make around your home to ease your breathing. Try a few different things this allergy season and see if your symptoms improve. Tackling the culprits most likely to attract allergens in your home is the best defense against allergy flares.

Hire a Professional Drapery and Carpet Cleaner

They hang in almost every room and collect pollen, dust, smoke, dander and other allergens just by being there — and yet you still don’t give them much thought. Your drapes are like an allergen magnet.

A professional drapery cleaning will not only leave your drapes brighter and looking like new but will also remove the allergens clinging to the fabric that aggravate allergy symptoms. It’s best to rely on professionals; if you try it yourself, you may not remove all of the allergens, or you may even damage the drapery. Once you’ve had a thorough cleaning, schedule a regular cleaning at least once a month. The more severe your allergies, the more often you should have them cleaned.

Thoroughly Clean Your Carpets

Carpets are another magnet for allergens, although you probably at least vacuum them from time to time. A simple vacuuming won’t remove most of the allergens clinging to carpet fibers, especially if you have pets in the home. Thoroughly clean carpets with a steam cleaner, or better yet, hire a professional carpet cleaner who’s best equipped to clean the carpet without causing carpet or flooring damage. Freshen the carpet between cleanings by sprinkling baking soda over the fibers, allowing the soda to soak overnight and vacuuming it away the next day. If your allergies are especially severe you might consider removing the carpet entirely and replacing it with hardwood flooring.

Limit the Items Collecting Dust

Dust is commonplace, but you can reduce the amount of dust in your home by giving it fewer things on which to settle. Keep the number of knickknacks and decorations on display in your home to a minimum. Items with fabric such as stuffed animals and pillows are especially prone to allergens because they are harder to clean than the typical glass, plastic or metal knickknack.

If you’re a collector but you don’t want to collect dust, keep items in glass cases so dust removal is a simple matter of wiping the case down instead of tackling the dust that affixes to every nook and cranny of the items. If your kids have stuffed animals, encourage them to store the toys in a toy box instead and remove them one at a time. Surface clean the stuffed toys with a rag and soap from time to time or even toss them into the washing machine if their tags say that’s acceptable — however, be prepared to catch some flack if you wash your daughter’s favorite bear.

Wash Your Bedding Weekly

Changing your sheets every single week may seem like a pain, but if you don’t make time to wash your sheets you’ll essentially be sleeping in an allergen-magnet. No matter how well you clean the rest of the house, if you don’t keep your bed clean you’re going to wake up with allergy symptoms.

To truly keep your bedding clean, keep pets off of your bed and provide them with their own bedding in another room. If you must, close your door so the pets can’t get in.

Protect Your Mattress

While you’re washing your sheets, your mattress continues to collect the dander, dust and smoke floating in the air. Protect your mattress in an allergen-impenetrable cover and wash the cover with a wet rag as directed when you change your bedding. Dry it thoroughly before putting the bedding back on.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports 80 percent of people in the U.S. are exposed to house dust mites and 60 percent are exposed to pet dander on a regular basis. There’s no escaping exposure to allergies entirely, but there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the severity of your symptoms without only relying on medications or getting rid of your pet. If your symptoms are still severe after becoming more proactive with indoor allergen prevention talk with your doctor about additional steps.

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