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Allergy-Proofing Your Home

Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen

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Limit Pollen
Even if you don’t have plants and flowers in your home, pollen can still be carried in from outdoors. The following steps will help to minimize the amount of pollen in your home:
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible during pollen season and use an air conditioner to cool the indoors.
  • Install an air filtration system with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to remove pollen from circulating air.
  • Bathe pets often to reduce the amount of pollen they carry into the home.
  • Dry your clothes and bedding in a dryer instead of using an outdoor line since pollen can cling to fabric and be transferred into your home.
Nearly all allergens thrive in moist, damp environments, so keep your home as cool and dry as possible. While it’s virtually impossible to completely remove all allergens, regular cleaning and taking preventative action will make your home as comfortable as possible for allergy sufferers.
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Member Comments

  • Interesting article BUT I love my cats and there is NO WAY in hell I am going to keep them away from me. - 10/16/2014 9:29:05 PM
  • MEDICALMAN
    I have been in the medical supply industry for many years and this article was very informative. I will pass this information on to our customers! Thanks for the information! - 9/24/2014 12:53:08 PM
  • You can also try Tencel sheets. They're made from eucalyptus fiber, which repels dust mites, who don't like to live on them.

    If you have to have carpets and rugs, and you don't want to vacuum everyday, consider getting a Roomba or other brand of vacuum robot. You can find them on craigslist and ebay for cheap. They are good for everyday vacuuming, even if you still need to use a more powerful vacuum once or twice a month.

    Also, whatever kind of floors you have, don't wear your shoes in the house. It spreads pollen and mold spores everywhere you step. - 3/21/2014 9:16:47 AM
  • This was really good. Got the same info from my allergist. I found another thing that helps. After returning from outside wash your eyebrows, eyelashes, inside your nose and around your mouth. This has helped reduce the number of episodes of allergy setbacks. I hope that this helps someone. - 7/5/2013 10:39:22 AM
  • PUGGLEMONKEY
    Some good tips but banish my four hairy children (dogs) from my bedroom? No way. - 6/14/2013 9:55:26 PM
  • Thanks to all for the good information. - 6/13/2013 6:56:39 AM
  • Great article. Saved it. - 6/11/2013 8:26:38 AM
  • We have wood floors but I still have to take shots. I make sure to dust ceiling fans and try to remember to dust the blinds....I honestly forget though. What do you use to spray the stuffed animals? Would love to know. We hate taking unnecessary meds if we don't have to. - 4/28/2013 10:06:36 AM
  • HALLERATME
    Haha this type of articles always make me chuckle. I'm severely allergic to dust but can only afford to live in a dumpy carpeted apartment. And vacuum every day? No normal person who works has that amount of time. Ah well. - 11/16/2012 2:12:08 PM
  • I'm surprised they didn't mention not to have windows open late in the day. That's pollen counts are usually highest, until dew has a chance to pull pollen down out of the air. - 10/21/2011 10:40:10 PM
  • How about instead of leaving your pet outside more, you get tested to see if your pet is causing allergy issues and then get shots if that will help? A family pet is exactly that, a part of the family. I have terrible allergies because of my animals, but I made a commitment to them, and that commitment should be honored. - 10/21/2011 11:30:25 AM
  • We took up the "plush" carpeting (what was I thinking when I selected it when our house was being built?) We then had hardwood installed in the master bedroom - last fall - at the advice of my allergist.

    What a huge difference! I thought I had it vacuumed really well - should have seen the dust flying when the installers pulled it up! Not only does it look better - I do not have the congestion when I wake in the morning. Our next home will be all hardwood flooring.
    - 10/21/2011 7:24:42 AM
  • AZURE-SKY
    We're in the process of removing all carpeting in the house and replacing it with tile - I live in the Southwest and hardwood floors aren't good here. The humidity is too low. I once thought that moving from the humid & pollen-filled Northeast to a drier environment would help my allergies. It did for a while, but I developed allergies to the local flora. They aren't as bad, but I'm not allergy free. - 7/16/2011 2:00:24 PM
  • I am wondering if the mold isn't what is causing me to rash out and my face swell. Very interesting article. - 2/18/2011 11:49:48 AM
  • I already do some of the things to keep reactions to a minimum and they work!!! - 12/25/2010 11:17:36 PM

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