Sneeze Alert: How to Control Allergens In Your Garage
You may not think of your garage as an allergen-breeding ground, but it is. Pollen and other outdoor allergens can hitch a ride on your car, bike, or ATV. Old newspapers, magazines, and books, which are often stored in the garage, can collect mold and dust. Potentially hazardous chemicals like paint thinner, antifreeze, and chlorine can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. Here’s how to help keep this space from aggravating you:
Warm up your car outdoors
Even if the garage door is completely open and the door to your house is shut, gas fumes can travel into your home. While gas fumes aren’t allergens, they can irritate sensitive airways and trigger an asthma episode.
Leave chemicals outside
Avoid storing potentially hazardous chemicals, such as insecticides, herbicides, paint thinners, and gasoline in an attached garage. Instead, store these items in a shed or garage that’s detached from your home.
Remove any stored items that may collect dust, such as knickknacks or old magazines or books. If you must store things in your garage, put them in tightly sealed plastic bins.
Garages are party areas for allergenic pests, such as rodents and roaches. Buy traps, and set them throughout the garage, on the floor, and on windowsills. Or, hire a professional exterminator. Seal cracks around windows and garage doors to prevent pests from crawling in.
Contact your health care professional, if you suspect you or a family member may have allergies. You can find products at Bed Bath & Beyond to help control allergens in your home.
Content provided by HealthyWomen.org.