How to Avoid Allergy Symptoms at Home

A dandelion, which carries pollen and triggers allergy symptoms.

Prevent your allergy symptoms at home.

Most people confuse nasal allergies for sinusitis, which is not hard to understand. Both conditions produce similar symptoms and obstruct the nasal passageways. You have to approach allergies in a different manner than sinusitis. Sure, medications may help but if you want to achieve relief, you have to take the right steps to avoid your allergy symptoms. At home, there are a number of precautions that you can take to make sure that you remain safe.

Wash Your Face

When seasonal allergies strike, they make every place outside your home a danger zone. Where you live should be the last place you deal with dust, pollen, dander and other allergens. Unfortunately, we tend to carry these allergens into the home with us as they stick to our clothes and body.

The first thing you should do as soon as you enter your home is wash your face. Cleaning your face is a great way to prevent allergy symptoms from following you. The longer allergens are left lingering near your face, more likely they will affect your nose and eyes. Symptoms like itchy eyes and nasal obstruction are common.

Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands along with your face. A study showed that people touch their face an average of 15.7 times an hour, increasing the chance of spreading allergens and infections.

No Carpets, No Padding

If you have allergies, carpets are your worst enemy. Nothing attracts dust more than wall-to-wall carpets. In fact, these dust magnets are difficult to clean and the more you walk on them, the more dust you kick into the air. Your best option for a cleaner home is to remove any carpeting and padding and stick with hardwood floors or tiles. Non-carpet flooring is less likely to collect dust and far easier to clean without upsetting your allergy symptoms.

Clear the Air for Less Allergy Symptoms

Breathing in your home should not cause you to sneeze, cough, or experience any form of discomfort. There are several ways to prevent the air in your house from becoming dangerous. Let’s walk through a couple of tips that will have you breathing easier in no time.

  • Avoiding Chemical Fumes – Many allergy sufferers are unaware that the fumes from perfumes, cleaners and other products can upset your allergy symptoms. You should find hypoallergenic cleaning supplies, non-toxic paints, and consult your doctor about what substances affect you the most.
  • Use Dehumidifier or Air Conditioner – Tiny microscopic insects called dust mites live in dust and dirt. These bugs produce an allergen known as frass, which is a form of waste that triggers your symptoms. In order to make sure the air and your environment aren’t a breeding ground for these creatures, buy a dehumidifier or air conditioner. Maintaining a less humid environment will kill off dust mites and reduce the frass in your home.
  • HEPA Vacuum – A vacuum with a HEPA filter is the ultimate cleaning tool for allergy sufferers. This tool removes up to 99.97 percent of airborne particles in the air, including dust, dander, and more. The best part about this tool is that it avoids blowing these allergens back into the air while you clean.

Keep the Bedroom Secure

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, it should be protected at all cost. We often become too comfortable and forget to clean them properly. Don’t let laziness become a detriment to your health.

The first step to keeping your bedroom clean and allergy-free is to cut out bad habits like clutter and eating in your room. Clutter creates hard to reach spots. The longer clutter remains, the more dust you will have in your room. As for eating, we recommend taking your meals to the dinner table. When you eat in your room, you leave the potential for crumbs to attract bugs, which can also trigger allergies.

When it comes to cleaning your bedroom, focus on the bed and sheets. As gross as it sounds, our beds collect a lot of skin flakes – the food that dust mites love. You are going to want to wash your sheets, quilts, and pillow cases to keep them clean. We also suggest vacuuming the bed and using an allergen-proof cover, which will keep the dust mites out.

Try Balloon Sinuplasty for Relief

If your allergy symptoms become unbearable, contact Dr. Eric Cohen. As a board-certified otolaryngologist, he can find the right treatment option for you. You can even ask him about Balloon Sinuplasty, a minimally-invasive treatment that is successfully proven to improve breathing and reduce symptoms. Contact his office by calling at (212) 600-9411.

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