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Finding Allergy Relief is More Than Popping Antihistamines

By Edited Nov 14, 2013 1 0

Allergy season is always bound to be miserable for people who are allergic to pollen and mold, especially when they have to spend excessive amounts of time outside. (Who wants to spend time outside in the beautiful spring weather? Silly.)

There isn't much to do about the great outdoors except to find out which allergy medication is right for you. Claritin, Benedryl, and Zyrtec allergy relief; are all excellent OTC options for coping with allergies, and allergy sufferers should consider wearing masks when they go outside for longer than half an hour.

But what about time spent at home? Should allergy sufferers have no relief from the itchy eyes, nose and throat that plague them? The following is a list of easy ways to make a home an allergy-free sanctuary.

1. Keep bedding clean. Washing bedding at 130 degrees F kills dust mites, and washing bedding weekly frees it of dust and pollen that might collect on it. Buying bedding made from synthetic fibers rather than down can make it easier to keep the bedding clean without making it clump.
2. Bathe your pets. Even if you aren't allergic to pet dander, bathing pets often can keep them from spreading too many of the allergens they bring in from inside.
3. Vacuum. Carpet attracts and holds dust mites and other allergens. Having hard floors and throw rugs makes allergy-proofing a house less difficult, but where carpets can't be replaced, they should be cleaned often, and not by an allergic person. Vacuuming can spread pollens and dust into the air, so after the dust has time to settle, someone should dust the room with something damp that will hold the dust.Vacuum upholstry and drapes as well.
4. Keep it simple. Ornate furniture, cluttered surfaces, fuzzy blankets, decorative window-coverings and venetian blinds all collect and hold dust and pollen. They are difficult to clean thouroughly, and in many cases it can take so long to clean them that the allergy-proofing efforts may not last.Keep things easy to clean by going a little zen in your decorating.
5. Filter the filters. Space heaters spread fewer allergens than hot air vents, but when it isn't possible to replace the source of heat, cover vents with damp cheesecloths or other filters, changing them every 2 weeks.
6. Damp dusting. Using Pledge or some other dusting aid can help you to pick up more dust rather than spreading it.
7. Leave the plants outside. Growing plants inside can promote mold growth, especially if they are overwatered.
. As long as the filters are changed frequently, air conditioners can filter the air coming into the house and can also dry out the air enough to prevent mold growth. Stay cool and avoid the itchy eyes at the same time.

Keeping the house clean and simple can cut down on the allergies you have to deal with when you come in from the allergy-filled world.



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