When many people think of allergies, they think of outdoor allergens such as grass, tree and weed pollens. But many people suffer from indoor allergies as well – to dust, danders, cockroach, and mold spores.
Furthermore, many patients suffer from a condition called non-allergic rhinitis, or vasomotor rhinitis, which is when they have symptoms when exposed to fumes, odors, or fragrances. Vasomotor rhinitis will seem like typical allergy symptoms, but it’s actually not allergy—it is due to fine particles in the air irritating the nose and lungs.
How can you eliminate indoor allergens or triggers? Here are some tips:
-Control dust in the home by keeping the home clean, vacuuming frequently with a HEPA filter, and getting an air purifier for rooms in the home in which you spend the most time. Also, changing the A/C air filters regularly is important
-Get allergy-proof or dust mite-proof casings for bedding
-Carpeting can be a major vector or home for allergens such as dust and dander. Frequent cleaning is essential, or if you are able to, consider removing the carpeting from the home and replacing with tile or laminate flooring
-Do not smoke!
-If you are allergic to animals, then it’s best not to get one. But if you already have an animal, it’s best to keep them out of your bedroom and wash them frequently. Did you know that there is no such thing as a non-shedding or “hypoallergenic” dog? Studies show there is just as much allergen present in homes with shedding dogs vs. hypoallergenic dogs. The key is to bathe them frequently – twice per week – to eliminate allergenic proteins
-Dust and allergens love to stick to fabrics such as upholstered furniture or curtains. Clean them frequently and look for cleaning products that help remove dander and allergens
-Keep bathrooms and laundry areas clean and well-ventilated to prevent the growth of mold
-If you feel you are sensitive to odors, fumes or fragrances, then avoid plug-in air fresheners or fragrance diffusers