Making Your Home an Allergen-free Environment

Allergies and asthma are a major cause of illness and disability, affecting allergic people from infants to seniors. Because allergies are cumulative, building in allergic symptom severity with each successive allergen exposure, minimizing exposure to all allergens is vital for all allergic individuals.

Common indoor allergies include:

  • Airborne Pollen Allergies - allergies and asthma symptoms triggered by trees, grass, plants and flowers enter homes through windows and doors.
  • Dust Mite Allergies - allergies and asthma symptoms activated by dust mite fecal matter in carpets, upholstered furniture, bed linens, mattresses and box springs, animal dander and house dust.
  • Mold Allergies - allergies and asthma symptoms set off by mold, mildew and fungi, inside and out.
  • Pet Allergies - allergies and asthma symptoms triggered by animal dander, old skin scales.

Allergy symptoms are caused by too much immunity. Everyone's system produces antibodies to fight infection. Subsequently, histamine and other natural chemicals are released that cause allergic symptoms in allergic individuals. Histamine can be released anywhere in the body. Histamine released:

  • in the nose causes sneezing and a runny nose.
  • in the lungs causes bronchial spasms or wheezing-asthma.
  • in the skin causes itching or hives.
  • in the stomach causes nausea.
  • through the body causes a life-threatening allergic reaction -- anaphylaxis -- for which immediate treatment is necessary.

Make Your Home an Allergen-FREE Haven

Avoiding allergens is the best solution for allergy and asthma sufferers. You cannot cure your allergy or asthma . . . but you can limit your allergen exposure indoors. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that:

  • Hang clothes in your closet and shut the door or put them in dresser drawers.
  • Clean carpets and upholstered furniture 2-3 times per year. (Hot water extraction - 150) Go to to find a certified carpet cleaner.
  • Encase your mattress, box springs and pillows in allergy-free, washable zippered encasings.
  • Regularly clean and sanitize your HVAC air duct system (every 3 - 5 years).
  • Wash all bedding in hot water to reduce the dust mite population.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom; they are a popular feeding source for dust mite allergens.
  • Cooler nighttime temperatures (between 68 and 72 degrees) promote better sleep for the allergic individual.
  • Keep windows and doors closed. Fresh air is not fresh for allergic individuals.
  • Caulk and seal windows to stop pollen and dust infiltration.
  • Vacuum carpet 2-3 times per week using a vacuum with an anti-allergen high-efficiency HEPA filter. If possible, the allergy sufferer should not be the one doing the vacuuming.
  • Use a Air Purifier in the home and bedroom of the allergy sufferer to clean the air of contaminants like bacteria, viruses, mold and other allergens assuring you the ultimate in pure air.

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