Do you suffer with allergies? You’re not alone. According to Allergy UK, “we have some of the highest prevalence rates of allergic conditions in the world, with over 20% of the population affected by one or more allergic disorders.”
If your symptoms are triggered by airborne allergens, there are some nifty ways you can reduce them in your home. Whether it’s dust, pollen or pet hair that sets you off, take a look at the top tips below that will help you create a sneeze-free environment.
Invest in allergy friendly fabrics
Did you know that many carpets and soft furnishings trap dust and pollen? They can thrive deep within certain fabrics. If you’ve tried lots of different tips for coping with your allergies and they’re not working, try changing the carpets, curtains and cushions in your home. For instance, rip up your carpet and replace it with hardwood or laminate flooring. You could also upgrade to allergy friendly curtains and blinds that are made from specially treated fabrics that will help to improve daily symptoms.
Don’t allow pets in your bedroom
Most allergy suffers will say that the worst time for a flare up is when they’re trying to sleep at night. If this sounds familiar and you have pets, it could be the dust, pollen or hair they bring in the room that’s setting you off. As difficult as it may be to say a firm ‘no!’ to them coming in your bed for a snuggle, it may be the answer for a great night’s sleep.
Reduce the temperature of your home
Does dust seem to trigger your symptoms? Then you may benefit from reducing the temperature and humidity of your home. This is because dust mites thrive in warm conditions, particularly spaces that are over 21 degrees and more than 50% humidity. Aim to heat your home between 18 and 20 degrees to avoid this, and if your space is humid invest in a dehumidifier.
Clean, clean and clean some more
If you suffer with allergies it’s important to keep on top of cleaning in your home. Dust, pollen and other triggers can embed themselves in even the smallest spaces and will sit there until you clean, so get those rubber gloves on if you want to reduce your symptoms! It’s worth baring in mind that sweeping won’t cut it – you will need to hoover, dust and wash soft furnishings regularly to get rid of those pesky allergens.
If your symptoms just don’t let up, speak to your doctor. They may be able to offer you specialist medical advice or provide medication that will help to reduce your suffering.