An allergy is what happens when your body detects a foreign substance it doesn’t like. Your nose plugs up and starts dripping, your eyes itch and run, your lungs burn and wheeze. Like people allergies come in almost infinite variety. But most fit into three basic categories: contact, food and inhalant allergies. Inhalant allergies – allergies we experience in response to material in the air we breathe- are the most common. The four common airborne troublemakers are house dust, pollen, pet-dander and mold. Different people are allergic to different things – pieces of cockroach are pretty potent, actually – but the single biggest cause of problems is the dust mite.
Not every home can lay claim to all four of the Big Four but every home that’s not hermetically sealed can lay claim to one or more. Rest easy – there’s a lot you can do to minimize the misery your allergy brings to your life. The following doctor-tested and recommended tips will plant you firmly on the path to easy breathing and dry eyes.
KediHealth Effective Remedies Against Allergies
Treat your symptoms: Over the counter antihistamines, available from your local druggist, work wonders on drippy noses and red, itchy eyes.
Air-Condition your house: This is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to alleviate pollen problems, and it can help with two other inhalants – molds and dust mites. Airconditioning units can help in two ways. They keep humidity low, which discourages mites and molds, and they can filter the air in the course of cooling it.
Air-Condition your car: This will help your health intact.
Install an air cleaner: The room air cleaners certainly take particles out of the air but they can also move it around. The cure can be worse than the condition. They are good, however, at removing pollen that’s already in the air.
Buy a Dehumidifier: Keeping the air clean in your home will bring relief from pollens, molds, and pet-dander. Keeping it dry will help put a stop to dust mite problems too.
Wipe down Humid areas with fungicides: Clorox kills molds, and unlike some other exotic chemicals, you can get it in many grocery stores. Use a regular fungicide for tough locations like the basement.
Isolate Your pets: One walk a week through a room is all it takes for a pet to keep a dander allergy going
Wear a face Mask: Use one when doing anything that’s likely to expose you to the material you are allergic to. A simple chore like vacuuming can throw huge quantities of dust and whatever else is in your home into air, where it will hang for several minutes.
Hire help: Get a house help if you are allergic to house dust or something else to take care of cleaning that carpet – a teenager or a professional cleaning service.
Seal your bedding in Plastic: If dust mites are the bane of your existence, encasting your mattress and pillow in plastic will help bring relief.
Throw out your Carpets: For an allergic person sensitive to house dust, pet-dander, or molds, carpets are an absolute no-no.
Buy throw rugs: Replace your carpets with throw rugs and you’ll achieve two major benefits. You will eliminate that part of your home that captures and holds more dust, pollens, pet dander and mold than any other and you will make keeping it allergen-free much easier.
Buy synthetic pillows: Dust mites like synthetic pillows just as much as those made from down and foam, but synthetic pillows have one major advantage – you can wash them in hot water.
Wash mattress pads often and in hot water: Mites love your mattress pads just as much. Run them through a hot-cycle wash weekly and you will kill the resident bugs
Make at least one room a sanctuary: Make just one room, a sanctuary, which will make that room a mite-free area can do a great deal to alleviate the allergy. Do it by air-conditioning the room in summer, sealing it from the rest of the house (keep the door closed), replacing carpets with throw rugs, and generally applying everything else you’ve read. +