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ALLERGY PREVENTION

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ALLERGY   PREVENTION

Constant exposure to allergens means constant allergy symptoms. That's why controlling or avoiding the allergens that cause your symptoms is an important part of your treatment.The more you do to keep all allergens away from your nose, the better you'll feel. If you ’ re looking to relieve or prevent allergy symptoms, here are some actions you can take right now, as well as some more permanent changes you can make.

Allergy Prevention

  • Keep doors and windows closed
  • Use an air filter
  • Control allergen exposure around your home
  • Run a dehumidifier
  • Allergy prevention and self-care
  • Wash bedding and stuffed toys
  • Change your laundry detergent

You might welcome the gentle breeze from an open window, but if you ’ re allergic to grass, weeds, or trees, opening a window can invite pollen into your living space. Keep doors and windows closed on days pollen season is moderate or high, especially if winds are strong.

Pollen :

Pollen is in the air whenever trees, grasses, or weeds are blooming, so it's hard to avoid. But there are some things you can do to limit your exposure to pollen: After spending time outdoors, change your clothes, and wash your hair before bed. Stay indoors on windy days.

Using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter may be the easiest way to improve air quality in your home or main living areas.

A HEPA filter removes particulate matter from the air, like pieces of pollen and dust mites.

Air filters only work effectively for till the filter is basically at capacity with dust and particles.

Change your filters every 30 to 90 days, depending on the severity of your allergies and whether you have pets. HEPA filters are designed to reduce dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens.

Also, it is advised to get your home ’ s air conditioners inspected and cleaned, if you suspect they are leaking or full of contaminants. This will further reduce the presence of allergy triggers.

Use shades or vertical blinds instead of horizontal blinds, which collect dust. Replace drapes with curtains that can be washed regularly.

  •    House-dust mites are almost impossible to get rid of. But you can keep them under control. Try some of these tips: Enclose your mattress, box spring, and pillows in allergy-proof casings.
  •    Wash sheets, blankets, and mattress pads every 1 to 2 weeks in hot water. Wash bedding in hot water (at least 50 ° C) to kill house-dust mites. Warm or cold water won't kill them.
  •    Remove stuffed animals and things that collect dust, such as wall hangings, knickknacks, and books– especially in the bedroom.
  •    Have as little carpeting as possible.
  •    Each week, have your home dusted with a damp cloth and vacuumed.

Animals

The dander, saliva, and urine of animals are all allergens. Cats produce more of these allergens than most other pets. Animal fur may also contain dust, mold, and pollen. The best way to avoid animal allergens is not to have a pet. If you already have a pet and can't bear to part with it, try to reduce your exposure as much as possible OR take allergen immunotherapy for pet allergens.

Enclose mattresses, box springs, and pillows in allergy-proof casings. Use washable blankets and quilts. Avoid feather pillows, down comforters, and wool blankets.

EXPOSE BEDDING TO SUNLIGHT!

Install a fan to keep the bathroom well ventilated.

Check stored food for spoilage and mold growth. Clean up spills right away.

Avoid dust-catching clutter. Have enclosed places to keep books, toys, and clothes. Keep closet doors closed.

Use washable throw rugs wherever possible, or have bare floors.

Keep your car clean. Vacuum the seats and carpets regularly. If you have air conditioning, use it instead of opening the windows.

Keep rain gutters clean. Remove leaves and debris that can grow mold.

Seal all the spaces between your cupboards and beds and the wall.

Do not use carpets.

Mold

Look for fungus on the walls and have the walls painted regularly. If you're allergic to mold, pay special attention to areas where water tends to collect. Here are some tips for avoiding mold: Clean the bathroom shower or tub regularly with bleach, and check the shower curtain for mold growth.
Get leaky faucets or leaks in the roof fixed right away.
While bathing or showering, leave a window open or run a fan so moisture can escape. If your house is damp, use a dehumidifier.

Vacuum regularly

Carpet can trap allergens, so vacuum at least once or twice a week. If you have heavy drapes, vacuum these, too. If someone else can't dust and vacuum for you, take your allergy medication before doing these tasks. Wearing a filter mask may help.If necessary, choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
Also, perform regular dusting of blinds, baseboards, ceiling fans, furniture, and other surfaces.

For a mold allergy, it can help to keep the humidity level in your home below 50 percent to prevent mold. Install a dehumidifier in your basement, one of the most common locations for mold to grow. And if you suspect mold in your home, schedule a mold inspection and then take steps to remedy the problem.

A water leak behind your walls, a previous flood, a leaky foundation, or a leaky roof can create environments conducive to mold growth.

You can use a humidity monitor, also called a hygrometer, to measure humidity levels in rooms in your home.

Remove indoor plants

Some indoor plants can trigger allergy symptoms. If you start sneezing or coughing, or develop post nasal drip or a sore throat after bringing firewood or plants inside, remove them from the home and clear away the area where they were stored to see if your symptoms improve.

  •    Take a shower and change your clothes
    Keep in mind that when you come into contact with pollen, dander, or dust allergens they can attach to your clothes, skin, and hair. If your symptoms are severe, remove your clothes after arriving home and take a quick shower to freshen up.

  •    Cover your arms and legs
    If you ’ re allergic to grass, trees, plants, or certain insects, skin exposure can lead to hives and itching. Protect your skin by wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants. This can be helpful for seasonal allergies and for allergic contact dermatitis.

  •    Switch to unscented products
    Sometimes, a certain scented shower gel, shampoo, or perfume induces allergy symptoms, especially skin rash. You may either be allergic or sensitive to an ingredient. Cut back on the number of products you use to pinpoint what does and doesn’t trigger a reaction. Once you find the culprit, discontinue use.
    If you are sensitive to all scented products, make a concerted effort to use unscented personal hygiene products.

  •    Drink warm beverages
    Allergens can also increase mucus production, causing a sore throat and coughing. Breathing in steam can thin mucus and relieve symptoms. You may get the same relief from eating or drinking hot liquids, such as teas, soups, and broth.These help by thinning the mucus.

  •    Wear a dust mask
    A chemical sensitivity can also produce allergy symptoms. Put on a dust mask or similar face mask before using cleaning products or paint. You can also reduce allergen exposure by covering your face while you’re dusting and doing other work.

  •    Rinse your nose
    Rinsing your sinuses can flush allergens and other irritants out of your nose, reducing allergy symptoms. Add saline or a saltwater solution to a neti pot or another nasal irrigation system.

    To create your own saltwater rinse :

    • 1] Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of distilled water or boiled water that has been cooled.

    To rinse your sinuses :

    • 2] Tilt your head to the side and lean over a sink. Alternatively, you can do this while standing in the shower.
    • 3] Slowly pour the solution into your upper nostril so that it can drain out your lower nostril. Make sure you breathe through your mouth while rinsing your sinuses.

    You can also buy prepared saline solutions

Dust and other allergens can collect on bedding, pillows, throw blankets, and stuffed toys in particular, since fabrics and items with lots of textures have more nooks and crannies for dust to collect on.

Wash these items in hot water regularly to reduce allergens and allergy symptoms. Wash your bedding once a week and the other items every so often as well.

Don ’ t leave clothes in the washer

Put your clothes in the dryer as soon as they’re finished being washed. Leaving clothes in the washer for prolonged periods of time can trigger mold growth. If you accidentally leave items in the washer, rewash these items before putting them in the dryer. Dry clothing immediately in a clothes dryer that's vented to the outside.Don't hang clothes outside to dry where they can collect airborne pollen. Keep in mind that hanging clothes outside to dry can bring outdoor allergens inside your home.

The ingredients in laundry detergent and dryer sheets tend to stay in your laundered clothes. Some of those ingredients, whether it’s dyes, scents in the detergent, or other chemicals, might be irritating your skin long after laundry day.

If you tend to experience contact dermatitis with a contact rash, try:

  • 1] using a fragrance-free, dye-free, liquid laundry detergent
  • 2] putting clothes through an extra water rinse



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