5 Tips for Preventing Hay Fever at Home
By Paul Rothbart
Sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and a runny nose. That's just the beginning. The symptoms of hay fever can be distressful. The medical term for hay fever is allergic rhinitis and despite the common name, can be caused by many more things than hay. It can occur at any time of the year, as there are always some types of potential allergens present. While you can't change the outdoor environment, there are things you can do to prevent becoming symptomatic while at home. Here are five tips for preventing hay fever.
Tend to Pets
You may not be allergic to pet dander but your pets could carry pollen in their fur which can trigger an attack. Bathe your dog regularly and have it groomed. It will be good for the dog as well as for you. Don't sleep with your pets if you are having attacks. Get them a nice pet bed and sleep without sneezing.
Keep Your Bedding Clean
Dust mites live in bedding and are a major cause of allergies. Wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets at least weekly in hot water. Vacuum your mattress frequently to rid it of the mites that are living there. You can also buy allergen-resistant covers for your mattress and pillows. This will keep the dust mites from penetrating.
Get a Dehumidifier
Dampness promotes the growth of mold, another leading cause of allergies. Keeping your home, especially basements and garages dry will go a long way to prevent mold from forming. Purchase a quality dehumidifier and place it in damp spaces. Use a machine with a large enough capacity to keep you from having to empty it several times a day. Alternatively, you can use fans to carry away moist air.
Get a Vacuum Cleaner With a HEPA Filter
Carpeting is a trap for all kinds of allergens. Buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter and run it over your carpets several times each week. It will help keep those allergens out of your home. You can also have carpets removed and replaced with laminate, tile, or even hardwood. These surfaces can also add beauty to your home.
When dusting, use a damp, microfiber cloth. You want the cloth to pick up and remove the dust rather than just sweeping it into the air. It will just land someplace else and still be there to cause allergies. Get rid of it entirely.
Hay fever or allergies can be quite irritating. There is a whole big world full of allergens that you can't do much about. But you can take control of your home. Follow these tips so you have a haven away from symptoms.
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