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How to Reduce Your Risk of Allergies

Transform your home into a sanctuary for your eyes, nose, and throat by reducing the risk of allergies.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Control dust mites Control dust mites by keeping surfaces in your home clean and uncluttered. Bare floors and walls are best, particularly in the bedroom.
  • TIP: If you must have carpet, avoid shag. Buy throw rugs that can be washed.
  • Step 2: Cover as much as possible Cover as much as possible. Putting zippered covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs can reduce allergies.
  • Step 3: Vacuum and wash sheets weekly Vacuum your home and wash bed sheets in hot water at least once a week.
  • TIP: Make sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or special double filter bags if possible.
  • Step 4: Dust often Dust everywhere and often. Use a wet rag or wet duster.
  • Step 5: Watch for pet allergies Know your pet allergies if you have a pet or if you’re considering getting one.
  • Step 6: Seal and filter your home Seal and filter your home. Keep out pollen by closing windows and doors, and change filters often in window-installed A/C units.
  • Step 7: Fight mold Sop up the moisture, because mold is really bad for allergies. Dehumidifiers will help reduce both mold and dust mites. Fix leaks and replace old carpeting for extra protection.
  • Step 8: Use allergy medications Use allergy medications — creams, nasal sprays, eye drops, or pills — based on symptoms and your doctor’s advice. And now that you’ve done it all, take a deep breath and relax.
  • FACT: At least one study suggests that growing up with dogs and cats in the home reduces the risk of developing common allergies.

You Will Need

  • A broom
  • A dust pan
  • A wet rag or duster
  • Cleaning products
  • Plastic covers for furniture
  • A vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Allergy test

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