What sneezes, has a runny nose and teary eyes? You, when you have allergies! But you don't need to suffer, for you can reduce the allergens in your home and especially in your sleeping area with relative ease. Take this quiz and learn five ways to do this.
Chances are that you're suffering from the seasonal allergens in the air.
It might, although not necessarily. You might have allergies all year round, but at least you can allergen-proof your bedroom to make it as comfortable as possible during the high-allergen season.
Pets are walking allergen-producing machines. Their hair, dander, even saliva may be causing you to suffer.
Choose a well-ventilated room that's also easy to clean. That way, the allergens he introduces will have an outlet and won't remain in your home.
At best, leave your shoes and outer gear at the front door. If you can't, then at least take them off before going into your bedroom.
The most likely place would be plants and flowers. Resist the urge to bring fresh flowers into your domain.
He should go with lilies or other flowers with similarly large stamens. This is because he can remove the stamens (where the pollen is stored) before he walks in the door saying "Surprise!"
Both live ones and dead ones can cause an allergic reaction. Yikes!
As much as half the population could be affected by cockroaches (and not only psychologically speaking).
They themselves might exacerbate your allergy problems. You should call in the professionals instead.
You might not be able to prevent them totally, but you can at least reduce their numbers. Store food in seal-tight containers, remove any standing water and seal up all cracks, holes and gaps in your walls and flooring.
When dust mites see soft carpets, it's party time! That's why you should avoid having soft carpets and rugs in your bedroom.
Twice a week would be ideal. And if you have a high-efficiency performance (HEPA) filter, that's great!
The temperature should be no less than 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius). If it's less, there's no guarantee that it'll kill the tiny critters.
This is a real nifty trick -- just put them in the freezer for a few hours. The cold temperature will knock the dust mites dead.
Don't use a feather duster. All it does is push the dirt around.
Down feathers -- no offense to ducks -- are one of the worst offenders. They are very likely to trigger allergies.
VOCs are harmful in two ways. They can trigger allergies and affect air quality. So, look for low-VOCs when you shop.
Fifty percent is considered the ideal. Anything higher will encourage bacteria growth and mold. Lower humidity, on the other hand, will be too dry and won't prevent the circulation of allergens.
According to the EPA, duct cleaning should not be considered a routine maintenance procedure.