Many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen and other outdoor allergens. When pollen counts are high many people bolt inside, shut all the windows and doors and assume they will be safe from allergy triggers. But depending on what a person is allergic to, simply staying inside may not be enough to stay symptom-free. Houses can contain any number of allergens. These include dust mites, pet dander, mold and sometimes even pollen can find its way indoors. If steps aren’t taken to minimize these allergens, allergy sufferers will likely experience ongoing symptoms in their own homes. But allergens can be eliminated if allergy sufferers are aware that they are present and know how to manage them. Below we have listed ways you can manage a number of common indoor allergens. Managing Dust Mites
- Clean often. Vacuuming and dusting at least once a week will help keep dust mites to a minimum. Thoroughly vacuum all carpets and soft furniture. Also be sure to wipe down all hard surfaces including tables, shelves and other hard furniture.
- Use bedding such as mattress covers and pillow encasements to protect your bedding from dust mites. Allergy protection bedding products will form a protective shell, keeping any allergens from settling into your mattress and pillows.
Managing Pet Dander
- Keep your pets off your bed and other furniture. Restricting animals to the ground will help reduce you and your family’s exposure to dander. Using allergy protection bedding will also help protect your bed from any dander that may find its way in your bedroom.
- Bathe your pet often! Research has shown that frequent baths help eliminate allergens found in pet dander.
- Even small pets that are typically confined to cages, like hamsters, rabbits, birds and guinea pigs, produce dander. Reactions may not be quite as severe as to these animals as they can be for cats and dogs. However, its important to clean out cages at least once a week. This will help keep dander to minimum.
- Clean and disinfect bathrooms on a regular basis. Also be sure to run an exhaust fan anytime anyone showers to keep humidity levels and bathroom mold growth to a minimum.
- Limit the number of plants you keep in your house. Molds often grow in damp potting soil.
- Fix leaky pipes as soon as you notice them. Unnecessary moisture that comes from leaking pipes and faucets is a major contributing factor to mold growth.
Allergens are abundant outside during this time of year. You don’t want to have to say the same about allergens in your home. These tips are a great way to eliminate indoor allergens and keep your family symptom-free. What are some other ways you minimize indoor allergens?