Do you experience sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, itchy throat, breathing troubles, or asthma symptoms when you come in contact with dust, pollen, mold, or pet dander? Then that could mean that you have allergies. In some cases of allergies, it can occur all year round – irrespective of seasons.
When your immune system reacts to a foreign object which is not potentially harmful to your body, the reaction is called an ‘allergy,’ and the foreign substance that causes the reaction is an ‘allergen’.
Allergens can be of different types. The most common allergens are – dust, pollen grains, animal dander, smoke, mold, etc.
The function of our immune system is to protect us from a potentially dangerous foreign matter. But some of us have an overly sensitive immune system and it overreacts even at stuff which is actually safe! That is how an allergic reaction takes place. If you have asthma or a family history of asthma and allergies, you are likely to have these reactions.
Now that we have got an idea about what an allergy is and how it occurs, let’s look into some details about how to make your home allergy-proof.
- Shower regularly – The dust or pollen in your body is washed away when you take a shower. Take a shower right after you come back home so that you can wash off the pollution you came in contact with.
- Clean your bed – We often ignore cleaning our beds and washing our bed sheets when our schedule is too busy. Beds that look clean may have deposited dust and mites on it which is invisible to the naked eye, but your over-reactive immune system will sense it! Always clean your bed and change your bed sheet, pillowcases, blankets, etc. at least once a week. Wash the bed sheets with hot water. If you have an allergy to woolen materials, avoid it at any cost.
- Air conditioning – Many people who have allergies related to the respiratory system, find relief in air-conditioned If you are one of them, try to stay as much as possible in an air-conditioned room and avoid open windows, especially during the pollen season. An air-conditioned room has much less pollution and dust than a room with open windows and thus it can save you from a lot of troubles.
- Pets – Though our pets are very close to our hearts and they are a part of our family, their fur can cause allergic reactions to some people. Try to avoid close contact with your pets and clean your home regularly with a vacuum cleaner.
- Clean dishes – Clean your dishes regularly and keep your sink empty. Don’t keep dirty dishes for a long time.
- Furniture – Clean your furniture regularly. Be careful when cleaning so that the dust does not enter your respiratory Use furniture made of materials that do not cause allergy, for example, wood, plastic, metal, etc.
- Clean your trash – Throw your trash into a covered bin and clean your bin regularly. Don’t let the trash be deposited for long.
- Ventilation – Keep the washroom and kitchen well ventilated. Use exhaust fans and chimneys.
- Clean excess moisture – Clean the excessive moisture from the walls of refrigerator, doors, or windows to avoid the growth of molds.
- Pest treatment – If your home has pests like cockroach, mice, termites, etc. then conduct pest treatments to eradicate them.
- Avoid smoking – We all understand that smoking is harmful to our health. Not only you should avoid smoking if you are prone to allergic reactions, you should also not allow any of your family members or guests to smoke anywhere inside your house. Smoking not only harms the person who does it, but also every other living being in the environment.
- Dust mask – If you are prone to allergies, don’t forget to wear a dust mask while cleaning. Try to avoid cleaning on your own as much as possible, either hire a professional to do it or request someone else to help you with the job. Preferably use a vacuum cleaner for cleaning your home.
- Humidity – If you live in a tropical country, you will have to live in a place that is hot and humid. Though the climatic conditions are not under your control, you can do something to control the temperature and humidity of your own house! Clean the filters of your air conditioner at least once a month to avoid the deposition of dust and mites.
- Carpets – Ditch the carpet today! It can increase your allergic reactions. It accumulates dust, fur, and other allergens and can release them into the air which in turn can result in breathing difficulties.
So, now you know how you can save yourself from severe allergic reactions. It’s time for you to follow these small suggestions and make your life easier and more comfortable than ever! Speak to our expert team for any assistance with your healthcare and wellness needs and we’d be glad to serve you.
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