As I said in my previous topic, limiting indoor allergies require some attention to our daily habits. So, let’s continue our topic with these 13 tips to limit indoor allergies.
1- Clean your bedroom carpets regularly, and it is better not to use them at all if possible. Instead, keep small carpets and shiny ceramic/wooden floors.
2- Clean your bathroom with mold killing products to guarantee banishing mold from your house. Use the same products for basement and attic. It is also better to use exhaust fans in kitchen and bathroom, to keep them dry and allow the bathroom curtains to dry properly.
3- If you have respiratory problems due to allergy, don’t stay for long in dry atmosphere, and use humidifier device to make it easier to breathe.
4- Understand why and when your allergy happens as once you identify the reasons/triggers, you will be able to limit the symptoms.
5- There is a problem in most vacuum cleaners, which we may not understand. Most vacuum cleaners are designed to collect dust and tiny particles, but not allergens; and if they can, they don’t contain suitable filters to prevent them from stirring out again in the air through the back opening. So it is important for people with allergies to choose their household devices carefully, and ask about cleaners with HEPA filters.
6- Ducts, ventilation pipes and house pipes should be cleaned regularly in order not to allow mold grow inside. The central heating and conditioning are the most common reasons for mold as many wouldn’t think of cleaning the ducts before turning on heating for the first time during season change.
7- Patients with food allergy and mold allergy should be ware of certain kinds of cheese, breads, and other foods. Mold grows on bread, cheeses, soy and sour creams, mushrooms, and dried fruits. So, don’t eat these things if you are not sure of cleanness.
8- Before you seek a cleaning company, watch its reputation and if it does a good job or not. Some cleaning companies cause more allergy problems due to lack of sanitizing to their devices, and hence may transfer germs and bacteria to your house while you think they banish it. Do house cleaning by yourself if you can, and know that good ventilation and sanitizing are the keys for better health.
9- Some infections and allergy triggers are transferred through air vents. So, within a short time your central heating/conditioning could transfer allergens all over the house. If you are not sure the air vents contain good type filters, cover them with cheesecloth pieces and replace them when needed.
10- During seasons of allergies, try to fix leaks all around doors and windows, so that you can prevent allergens from leaking inside your house.
11- Central heating systems cause sinus infections and difficulty breathing as they dry the air inside your house. Try to switch your humidifier on to a suitable degree that makes breathing easier.
12- Read the ingredients on kids’ candy bags and plastic packs as they may contain something which your kid is allergic to.
13- Humidity ratio in the air is essential for easy breathing, but in the house it can aid mold and dust mites developing and causing you serious problems. So, it is better to watch your humidifier and adjust it for only 20% humidity. That way you can breathe easily and protect yourself from infections.