While there may not be much that you can do about getting rid of your outdoors seasonal allergy irritants, fortunately there are some steps that can be taken to significantly reduce the presence of allergy irritants lurking around inside your house, where many allergy sufferers tend to ‘hide out’ when there outdoor seasonal allergies become too overbearing. Just like outdoor allergens, the allergens hiding inside your house could be making you feel miserable.
When doing spring cleaning, going the next step further to ensure that the molds, dust mites, and other allergens are removed from the house can make a huge difference for many allergy sufferers. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the locations in the house that you won’t want to overlook during your cleaning, some of the favorite hiding spots for those nasty allergens.
Windows – make sure that the windows in the house have good seals to prevent allergens from invading your house through the windows.
Air Conditioners – make sure the filters are cleaned or replaced frequently and use the circulate settings or an auto-air-conditioning system to prevent the AC from drawing allergens into the house.
Under Furniture – places like under couches and end tables tend to be a prime location for collections of dust and dust mites to gather. Using a damp mop, and rinsing it frequently, is one of the most effective removal methods.
Carpets – for many allergy sufferers removing the carpeting from the home can significantly reduce the prevalence of their allergies. Carpets tend to collect and trap a wide range of allergens.
Pets – bathe pets regularly to reduce the amount of allergens they bring into the house and help keep their dander (which is another type of allergen) to a minimum. Washing the hands and face after playing with pets will also help.
Furniture and Bedding – furniture should be vacuumed regularly and bedding should be washed in hot water to get rid of the allergens.
Bathroom – molds, a major allergen, thrive in humid and moist environments. Shower curtains, shower stalls, tubs, sinks, tiles, toilets, etc should all be routinely cleaned using mold-killing disinfectants and cleaning products
Mudroom/Coat Closet/Shoe Area – footwear and outer clothing are a major culprit for bringing allergens into the house, and wet shoes or coats tossed in a closet can be a breeding ground for mold. Ensure that footwear and outer clothing are clean and dry before being put away.
The Air – the air we breathe is filled with many problematic allergens. Using exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, or UVC room air sanitizers
will help reduce the number of allergens in the air so you and your family can breathe easier.
Even with the most diligent home cleaning efforts allergies can still be problematic; there are allergens lurking everywhere… inside, outside, at work, in the car, you name it, they are probably there. Thankfully, Mountainside Medical Equipment offers a wide selection of products dedicated to allergy relief
and helping you feel better.