Breathe Easy!

Approximately 20 percent of Canadians suffer from allergies and actively avoid things such as pollen, dust, mold and exposure to pets that tend to bring on episodes of sneezing, sinus congestion and itchy, watery eyes. While completely avoiding allergens is often impossible, SheKnows Canada feels that allergy sufferers should at least be able to breathe easy in their own homes. Here are some tips to take control!

Woman allergy sufferer

Limit aggravators

Try to eliminate or limit the presence of allergy aggravators, which may make sufferers feel worse. Perfumes, aerosol sprays, fumes, humidity, tobacco smoke and wood smoke fall into this category.

Leave pollen outdoors

Ridding skin and hair of pollen and other allergens by showering before bed is essential. Keep the house pollen-free by closing doors and windows as well as using air conditioning.

Mold not welcome

Make your home a less-than-ideal environment for mold by cleaning shower curtains, bathroom walls and windows frequently. Be sure to vent the bathroom using an exhaust fan after each shower. Toss houseplants, dehumidify basement areas and use mold-proof paint. Eliminate any existing mold with a bleach-based cleaner.

Pet dander downer

Unfortunately, allergy sufferers may get into quite a dilemma where pets are concerned. Pets may have to leave the home or be kept outside. Some dogs, such as labradoodles, are more easily tolerated by those with allergies; however, keep in mind that even these breeds bring dander and pollens into the house from outside. If you wish to keep a pet, be sure to wash it frequently and keep it out of the bedroom.

Do away with dust

Easier said than done... But dust mites lurk in carpets, bedding, drapes and feather pillows. They also thrive in damp environments, so keep humidity low. Here are some tricks to deal with domestic dust:

  • Replace soft furnishings with vinyl or leather, which can be cleaned more easily.
  • Choose hardwood floors or linoleum rather than carpet.
  • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! Invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Install an air cleaner and change filters regularly. This goes for air conditioners, too!
  • Ditch drapes, feather pillows, stuffed animals and comforters that can't be thrown in the wash.
  • Wash bedding in hot water at least every two weeks.
  • Cover mattress, box spring and pillows with allergen-impermeable zipped coverings or plastic.

While completely eliminating allergy triggers is impossible, using the above tips will reduce allergens in the home environment significantly.



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Comments on "Reduce allergies at home"

Sri June 28, 2012 | 7:02 AM

I have to agree with Chris on using a Netti pot. My doctor reommcended it to me because I have asthma which leads to chronic bronchitis. Well every time I would get a cold, it would end up in my chest and end up on antibiotics was a vicious cycle. I started getting REALLY sick (green means infection) so I relented and tried the Netti Pot. Within a few days I was feeling SO much better, and I am now a total believer!!! I have not been on antibiotics all winter a FIRST for me!!! Even my doctor mentioned I had not been in for my usual bouts of bronchitis and I told her I took her advice and had been using the Netti pot. These can be found at CVS, Stop and Shop, and I assume any pharmacy chain. If you cannot locate it, ASK. You will be amazed how much relief you will have from using one!!!! I have been using it for my seasonal allergies, and have been able to sleep without using the usual sinus meds, nose spray ect even helps my eyes!!!

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