It is one of the most difficult allergens to avoid, because dust is nearly omnipresent. Unless you’re living in a bubble supplied with a hi-tech air purifier, there’s no way to avoid dust completely. Fortunately, there are ways we can do to reduce our exposure to dust and reduce the allergy symptoms. The priority area is your bedroom, because you sleep there, more than other places in the house. These are ways to improve your chance to avoid dust.
• As cozy and soft as they are, don’t use quilts or down pillows, as these bedroom items often harbor dust and washing them completely is difficult. Allergic people should choose hypoallergenic blankets and polyester pillows that won’t fall apart when washed.
• Wash your bed each week with hot water.
• Choose hardwood flooring instead of carpets or rugs. They won’t trap dust and cleaning them is easy. Old and crumbling carpet can be your worst enemy as not only it traps a lot of dust, the crumbling carpet particles can make your allergy symptoms worse. If carpeting in your home is permanent, it should be vacuumed daily and you should get it cleaned by professionals.
• If you live in a warmer area and use windows to ventilate your home, it is a good idea to invest on an HEPA air filter in your bedroom, to remove mold spores, pet dander and dust.
• Although they are cuddly and cute, furry animals have no place inside the house, if one of the family members has a severe case of dust allergy.
• Place your bed far from the air vents and if possible cover those vents with cheese cloth.
• Clean your room each day and perform a thorough weekly cleaning, perhaps at weekend. For example, you should clean the furniture, the top side of the doors, and windowsills with a damp cloth. Also mop the floor, especially the hidden areas, like under the bed or table. Review things in your room each week, consider whether you still need those papers, magazines, boxes, books or knickknacks. Clutter can easily collect dusts.
• Clean your closets regularly, some clothing, like gowns, can collect dusts quickly, so you may need to put them inside zipped garment bags. Also store, sweaters, hats and shoes inside boxes to avoid dust accumulation.
• Although they can add variety to your rooms, you should consider whether you need to those paintings and wall decorations. If you don’t want to remove all of them, at least, keep them to a minimum.
Dust Mites Allergy
This type of allergy often closely overlaps with the dust allergy, because dust mites love to gather in dusty areas. After you have removed dusts with the above steps, you should also do the following to remove dust mites.
• Washing blankets, pillow and bed can remove dusts, but you also need to put them under the sun for the whole day to get rid of the mites. Keep your blanket and pillows in zippered covers, when you leave your home.
• If your home is badly infested with mites, wash your hair and shower before and after you go to bed.
• Buy a mite detection kit, which can tell you whether you have gotten rid of dust mites effectively.
Even if these brown bugs are just sitting still, they are still a big turnoff. Add to the fact that they can cause allergy, it simply makes them downright repulsive. Often, cockroaches can be difficult to exterminate, especially if you live in a damp climate or big city. The following are a few things you can do to minimize the intrusion of those little critters and protect your family from allergy and asthma-like symptoms.
• Clean up spills and crumbs immediately. Bugs are often attracted to food. So try to keep the amount of free morsels in your ovens, cabinets, microwaves and drawers to the minimum. A clean kitchen is often a dull place for cockroaches to live.
• Wash any surface in your kitchen with soapy water.
• Keep surplus in the refrigerator, jars or tightly sealed containers.
• Designate a special eating area. The less room you eat in; the less likely for cockroaches to invade all parts of your house.
• Don’t leave dirty dishes on the sink, clean them immediately or put them into the dishwashers. Cockroaches won’t mind eating your leftovers and they will grab any food left on an open area.
• Empty your trash cans each day, put them in plastic bags and make sure your trash can is closed tightly.
• Give your pet just enough food, clean any crumbs and spills quickly. Human foods are not cockroaches’ only diet.
• Check your house regularly for tiny cracks and holes. Seal or plug if you find one. To cockroaches, small leaks and holes can be a broad gateway to a safe haven and food nirvana, i.e. your home.
• Don’t keep old magazines, paper bags and newspaper inside your home. It maybe hard to believe but, often cockroaches from the grocery store can become stowaways inside the grocery bags.
• If your house is damp, you should invest on a dehumidifier or at least use fans to suck the humid air from inside your house. Cockroaches won’t call your place a home if the humidity is below 50%.
• Remove damp wallpaper and decorations that already absorb too much moisture.
• Use organic bug repellents to keep cockroaches at bay. You may also use bait stations and gel baits to eliminate those vermin. Place baits in hotspot areas, but make sure your children and pet can’t reach them. Change them every three months.
• Using commercial insecticides can cause more problems than cockroaches do. The toxic aerosols can make your asthma symptoms worse.