Tips for Allergy-Proofing Your Home

Tips for Allergy-Proofing Your Home

If indoor allergies are plaguing you with bothersome symptoms like sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, you don’t have to remain miserable in what should serve as your oasis. Allergy symptoms can strike in the cleanest of homes, but there are practical steps you can take to reduce your exposure. 

At Total Care Family Practice in Henderson, Nevada, Dr. Evan Allen and his physician assistants provides exceptional preventive and acute care. The team at Total Care Family Practice can help you nip nagging allergy symptoms in the bud with a comprehensive allergy-management plan that includes making some changes at home to reduce your allergen exposure. 

Here are some of our top expert tips on slashing allergens in your home. 

Identify your allergens

Dr. Allen and his team can help you identify your allergies through allergy testing. Once you’re aware of the substances (allergens) that are causing your symptoms, they put together a plan of action to get your symptoms under control and help you feel better.

In the meantime, here’s what you can do at home to cut down on allergens.

Check and change filters

The first step in getting rid of allergens from the air in your home is making sure that it is properly ventilated. Filters typically found in furnaces and air conditioners are a common source of allergens. These filters are made to capture large particles, like dust, that can collect on the motor and fans.

However, because they’re much smaller and can pass through the fibers in standard filters, particles like mold, bacteria, and some types of pollen can enter your space through your ductwork and blow back into your air. Use HEPA filters and replace them on a regular basis. Generally, it’s a good idea to replace air filters every 90 days.

Keep the fridge clean

Wipe off excess moisture in your fridge regularly to reduce mold growth from moisture buildup. Make a note to check for and discard expired food every week.

The dripping pan is also a place that harbors allergens. Replace any moldy rubber seals around your refrigerator door, and regularly empty and clean it out as necessary.

Don’t forget rugs and mats

Don't forget to wash any bathroom rugs or bath mats. In addition to gathering dust and debris, they can also harbor mold as they absorb moisture from the shower ortub. Cleaning them weekly can help cut down on allergens floating around.

Dust regularly

Dust the house regularly, paying particular attention to areas where dust can settle, such as blinds, bookcases, and the tops of cabinets. Additionally, you should regularly replace the air filters in your air conditioner. For any hard flooring, use wet dusting.

Use a vacuum with HEPA filter

Invest in a HEPA-filter vacuum cleaner or a vacuum that has passed strict allergy testing and has been proven to remove surface allergens. Technically, HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) removes 99.7% of airborne allergens. 

Wash and dry clothes on hot setting

Bedding needs to be dried on a hot setting after being washed in hot water. The certified washing machines from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America that reach temperatures over 130°F can help tremendously for dust mite control. 

Use a dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is your best ally in the fight against mold. Removing moisture prevents mold from growing. This is crucial in places like the bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen that have poor ventilation or are frequently humid. You may have noticed mold on bathroom counters or shower curtains. The key is proper ventilation. When it's humid outside, you can use the air conditioner to reduce the humidity.

Identify other irritants

Many of the things we use on a regular basis could be contributing to allergy symptoms. These things consist of:

People with allergies are often sensitive to these common products. Try avoiding them temporarily to see if your symptoms improve.

There’s no need to suffer unnecessarily from allergy symptoms. Let’s work together to help you feel better. Get started today by calling our office in Henderson, Nevada. One of our team members is standing by to assist you in scheduling a visit at Total Care Family Practice. 

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