People react to the pollutants in the air with coughing, wheezing, runny noses, and that stuffy congested feeling that lingers far too long. If your allergies are causing a lot of problems it is best to see your doctor for treatment to determine if there are other problems present. However, many mild allergy problems can be reduced at home by using some good old common sense. The following tips are targeted at reducing household pollutants that contribute to allergy problems.
Some people are very allergic to cats. If you suspect that the cause for sudden allergy attack is the introduction of a cat to the household, then you should remove the little feline friend. If you simply can't part with the cat, then get in the habit of giving the pet frequent baths to reduce the allergens on the pet's fur. It is also a good idea to resist petting the animal or spending too much time in the pet's space. Petting and spending prolonged time around the pet increases the chances of another allergy attack.
There are several saline solutions on the market that help ease allergy symptoms. The saline solution acts as an agent that removes irritants that are trapped in the nasal passages causing inflammation.
Avoid the outdoor air as much as possible. Air pollution is a typical cause behind allergies especially in smoggy locations.
Keep the windows to the house shut to reduce exposure to pollutants in the outside air. Use air filters in the house to clean the air of pollutants. Turn on the air conditioner during warm water. The air conditioner filters out a lot of those pollutants that cause allergy attacks.
It is important to dust the house at least once a week to avoid pollutant buildups that contribute to allergies. Dust in the home is commonly composed of a mixture of dust mites, roaches, mold , plus other sources, according to the ACAAI. Dust is a well known contributor to household allergy problems. Try to avoid stirring up the dust by never using feather dusters. Avoid furniture cleaners which contribute to upper respiratory problems. Use a clean damp cloth to control dust in the home.
Doctors recommend that allergy sufferers invest in a dehumidifier. Dust mites are the culprits behind the allergens in the home. These tiny little mites thrive in very humid areas. The dehumidifier makes the environment an unfriendly place for the mites. Dehumidifies are also good for removing mold which is another cause for allergies.
No Smoking Zone
Make the house a no smoking zone. Don't allow anyone to smoke inside the home. Smoke from cigarettes is a known irritant to the respiratory system.
Hot Water Laundry
Wash all bed clothing and personal clothing in hot water. Washing in warm or cold water does not kill the mites that cause allergy problems.
Use Air Filters
Use an air filter when the weather is too cold to run the air conditioner. HEPA filters are the perfect solution because they remove many pollutants in the air that a regular filter can't.
Many people assume that a regular humidifier helps with removing the allergens in the home environment. Exactly the opposite is true. Humidifiers, which add moisture to the air, create a very good breeding ground for mold.
If problems still persist after taking the above steps, see a board certified allergist to help with the problem.
Source: American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
ACAAI (Dust Allergy Information)