5 Dos to Avoid Allergies at Home

Man Inspecting Air Duct

It’s frustrating that allergies are unavoidable even when in the comfort of your home. While it’s impossible to eradicate these very tiny particles completely, you can still take steps to minimize its symptoms.

Minimize contact with pets.

Dust mites are the main reason allergies develop at home, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. These are very tiny particles that are hardly seen by the eyes, which are triggered by several factors including house pets. They hide in an animal’s fur and stir in the air and stir in the air once your pet moves, scratches, or shakes its body. To minimize allergens from pets, avoid too much contact and keep them out of bedrooms. If possible, out of the house.

Schedule air ducts for cleaning.

Air ducts abide by duct surfaces limiting dust particles from getting into the living space. No study reveals how dusty air ducts promote health problems. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that air duct cleaning in Indiana is necessary when there’s mold growth in the ducts or any component of the HVAC system. Additionally, professional cleaning is needed when the HVAC is infested with rodents or the ducts are heavily congested with dirt and debris.

Wash curtains and bed sheets with hot water.

The ACAAI also recommends washing dirty drapes, curtains, and mattresses with hot water to kill bed mites. Washing must be every week, and water temperature must not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clean carpets regularly.

It’s best to switch to hard floor and remove wall carpets to maximize extinction of dust mites, especially when allergies and asthma at home are worse. But if not possible, you should regularly clean with a vacuum that uses HEPA filter.

Use wet rag when dusting.

Dusting does not really remove dust, especially when using a dry rag. Instead, dust particles are only disturbed and mixed into the air. Use a wet cloth to remove dirt on furniture.

There are many other easy ways to get rid of dust mites and allergens at home. Talk to an allergist if the symptoms of allergies and asthma do not improve after doing these things.