4 Allergens In Your Home (and How To Help Get Rid Of Them)
Did you know that four of the most common allergens are right in your home? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, dust mites, mold, pollen and pollution are the worst offenders for triggering allergic reactions. Here’s how you can help send indoor allergens packing.
Although you probably won’t see them, these tiny allergens like to hang out in warm, moist places like your bed, upholstered furniture and carpet, causing you to cough, sniffle, and sneeze.
Your prevention plan: Reduce dust mites by using Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly® vacuums, bedding and dust mite covers on pillows and mattresses. Tip: Wash sheets and blankets once a week in hot water (130°F or higher).
This unwelcomed allergen thrives in damp environments like your kitchen and bathroom.
Your prevention plan: Help prevent mold from growing by placing a dehumidifier near wet zones. This will keep moisture levels low. You should also run an exhaust fan for at least 20 minutes after showering and fix leaky faucets and appliances (like your dishwasher) as soon as possible to keep mold from growing.
If you have hay fever symptoms (like nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes), pollen could be to blame. This allergen can sneak inside your home through open windows and even onto your clothes, shoes and hair.
Your prevention plan: Lower your pollen exposure by getting a Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly® HVAC air filter to help clear contaminates. Shut windows when pollen counts are high; shower and shampoo before bed to keep pollen off pillows and sheets.
Certain paint, cleaning products—even new furniture—can give off fumes that could trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
Your prevention plan: To reduce these symptoms, switch to gentle cleaners that don’t use harsh chemicals, choose low VOC paints, and run a Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly® air purifier to cleanse the air.
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