How To Prevent Allergies And Asthma In Your Home

How To Prevent Allergies And Asthma In Your Home

There are many places within the normal home where mold, dust and other allergens can hide and thrive causing allergic reactions and even asthma attacks.

Millions of people suffer from allergic reactions and asthma and if you or your family suffers from irritating allergies year after year, combating the source of the allergens in your home is a great place to start.

Here are 3 areas to focus on to reduce allergy risks at home and breathe easier…

 

  1. Avoid Dust and Pollen

Dust and dust mites (and in particular their droppings) can trigger allergic reactions and even asthma attacks. They live in naturally collected dust particles that can be found in most homes but they can be prevented and it’s important to keep your home as dust-free as possible.

This also goes for pet and human dander (skin cells) and also pollen which can also trigger reactions and asthma.

 

How to avoid dust and pollen

  • Dust regularly with a clean microfiber cloth and throw it away after every use.
  • Vacuum floors, carpets, rugs and even curtains regularly. Always empty your hoover outside to prevent the dust getting back into the home.
  • Replace as many fabric textures as you can. If possible, swap curtains for wooden blinds and replace carpet with hardwood/laminate/tiled floors and replace rugs every few months.
  • Keeping the windows closed during the summer is challenging if the weather is hot, however, it will reduce the level of pollen entering your home.
  • Clean your mattress regularly and replace pillows every 2 months. Mattresses with box springs and pillows with plastic casing are much more allergy-proof.
  • If you have pets, keep them out of bedrooms and off the sofa if you can. If you have asthma and suffer from allergies a lot, you may need to get rid of your pet completely.

 

  1. Prevent Mold

Mold and mildew are another popular trigger for allergic reactions and asthma and it’s important to reduce the risk of this within our homes as much as possible. Mold thrives in damp environments, so the key is to keep your home dry and clean. It can usually be found in bathrooms and kitchens but can can also be found in attics, basements and bedrooms – anywhere where a change in temperature has occurred and there is condensation or a damp environment.

 

How to prevent mold

  • Keep your home dry and clean
  • Don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine.
  • Wash shower curtains and clean bathroom tiles with mold reducing products
  • Mold can grow in plant soil so limit the amount of indoor plants you have.
  • If your home has any leaks, fix them immediately.
  • Use ventilation fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers in areas that tend to grow mold and if you live in a humid climate.

 

  1. Improve Air Quality

When preventing asthma and allergies in your home, improving the quality of air could be very beneficial. There are many culprits that affect air quality which are unbeknownst to many people. Irritants such as perfume, aerosol sprays, candles, tobacco, paint fumes and cooking can all trigger allergies to flare up.

 

How to improve air quality

  • Forbid any smoking within your home
  • Avoid wood burning fires
  • Make sure all gas appliances have ventilation ports to outside and not within your home.
  • Swap scented products for non-scented and natural alternatives without aerosol containers. Things like laundry detergent, air freshener, beauty products – even candles. (Don’t panic you can get some lovely natural beautiful smelling candles)
  • Put on air conditioning on days where humidity and pollen count is high.
  • If the bedrooms in your home, especially the children’s, have vents in them, cover them with aluminium and tape.
  • Only open windows when the pollen count is at its lowest – usually during the late afternoon and evening.

 


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