Nasty Allergens and How to Deal with Them
Millions of people suffer from allergens lurking indoors and out. In fact, allergies are a growing phenomenon. Allergies have become one of the leading causes of chronic sickness, and they generate more than seven billion dollars for the healthcare industry in the United States alone. It’s truly staggering.
Perhaps what is most stunning is that we can trace most allergic reactions to just a few allergens that regularly occur in our environments. What’s more, if we recognize these triggers and take the steps to manage them, we can significantly reduce risk of a reaction and minimize the severity of a reaction when they do occur.
Dust is one of the primary allergy triggers. Deal with it by dusting and vacuuming regularly. Wet dust frequently, vacuum as often as daily and always vacuum after a dusting. Carpet tends to trap dust, so using a HEPA vacuum cleaner is very helpful. It removes the small dust particles that would otherwise be recirculated. A HEPA air purifier, along with proper cleanliness, is a vital tool in creating an overall dust-free environment.
Dust mites are a common occurrence wherever there are people, and they feed on shed skin and other dust ingredients. To combat them, wash bedding weekly, and cover pillows and mattresses in allergen-free plastic covers. Avoid using mattress pads and the like. When washing bedding, use hot water, at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure destruction of mites and eggs.
Endotoxins are an allergy trigger that arises from bacteria in the home. Generally, it compounds the dust issue. If a person takes the steps necessary to manage dust, they will also keep endotoxin levels in check.
Mold is a difficult problem because it acts as a severe allergen long before we can smell it or see it. In order to prevent mold, we must perform regular inspections of our home, especially those dark, rarely visited areas. Ensure that the house is well ventilated, and have working exhaust fans in all high-moisture areas. Houseplants are excellent natural air purifiers, but avoid overwatering. They can become a source of mold and defeat the purpose.
Those with pet dander allergies often go without pets. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. We just need to take some extra steps. Keep the pets out of the bedroom, and try to have at least one other “safe zone” in the home. Bathe and brush the pets frequently, preferably outdoors. However, seek the advice of a vet because too frequent bathing can reduce the immune system of many household pets.
Use a HEPA air purifier in the home. Avoid going outside during peak pollen periods. When you do go outside for any extended period, shower immediately, and put clothing in the wash. Avoid opening windows and doors. Instead, rely on air conditioning, ventilation, air purification and houseplants.
A quality HEPA purifier from a top brand, such as IQAir, Amaircare, Austin Air, Oransi and Airpura is one of the most important steps you can take toward combating airborne allergens. The medical-grade HEPA filter removes 99.97 percent of all airborne particulates down to 0.3 micrometers. In other words, it has a significant impact in the presence in your home of the nasty allergens listed above.
We may not be able to cure most allergies outright, but there are steps that we can take to maximize our comfort. One of those steps is the use of a HEPA air purifier. Many allergy sufferers have overcome their symptoms after putting a unit in their home. That’s the kind of impact HEPA has. You and your family deserve that kind of relief.
- Administration Staff