Whether you have an allergy to dust mites, pollen, or any other substance considered an allergen, there are steps you can take to prevent exposure to them. Inhaling or touching an allergen are two ways many allergens enter your body. By taking steps for prevention of allergies, you can save yourself a lot of misery and suffering. Allergies can cause hay fever, asthma, and dermatitis (eczema). It is important to do all you can to prevent allergies, so you can live a happy, healthy life.
Weather reports and local radio stations report the pollen count very frequently. If the pollen count is high, stay indoors if possible. Keep the windows closed and use a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity indoors.
Allergy-proofing your home doesn’t stop allergens that are released into the air and spread through the heating and air-conditioning ducts. The most common items found in home duct systems are dust from drywall, sawdust, concrete dust, pollen, and air particulates. Any and all of these can be allergens for children or adults. Therefore, it is very important to have your cooling and heating air ducts professionally cleaned to help prevent allergies.
Water leaks should be repaired immediately as mold spores grow and spread rapidly. If there are any moldy surfaces in your home, clean them with bleach. Mold can trigger the same symptoms as pollen. A dehumidifier also stops mold growth by reducing the moisture content of your air and keeping your home’s overall humidity under control. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America states the goal is to keep humidity in your home below 45%, below 35% is even better.
Pet hair itself is not an allergen. The dander, urine, saliva, dust, and pollen carried in a pet’s hair are allergens. These allergens collect on furniture and other surfaces and do not lose their strength for a long time. Pets should be kept off of the furniture and out of your bedroom. If you have severe allergies, it may be best not to have a pet.
If you suffer from allergies, bedding should be washed weekly in hot water weekly at temperatures above 130°F. Dry clothes inside as drying them outside allows pollen and other allergens to stick to the clean laundry.
Showering or bathing before going to bed will help reduce the transfer of allergens to your bedding. Additionally, wash your hands often during the day to remove allergens such as pollen and pet dander.
Food allergies can be very serious for some people. The only proven method of prevention is strict avoidance of the food you are allergic to. Read food packages carefully as food manufacturers are required to list possible allergy-inducing ingredients.
If you suffer from allergies and need further help preventing them or treatment for when they flare, contact Avicenna Allergy & Asthma at 770-977-9300. We bring you and our staff together in an energetic, cooperative, dedicated approach to wellness. Relief is just a phone call away.