With the arrival of winter season most of us want to stay indoors. Up to 40-50 million people in the US are suffering from indoor allergy.
Indoor allergy is your body’s substantial response to inhaled airborne constituents.
Usually the allergens which cause indoor allergy include: mold, house dust mites, cockroach droppings and animal dander.
But, it is highly impossible to eliminate all the particles that cause your allergies. You need to take proper care to decrease the exposure to allergens.
To avoid these allergens which are the main cause indoor allergy, you need to follow proper steps. They include:
Avoiding mold spores
Usually mold develops in outdoor environment, whenever you open the doors they come inside [Mold Allergy Symptoms]. In order to avoid these spores, follow the below steps:
- Avoid usage of vaporizers.
- Avoid participating in activities where mold growth is high, like garages, damp basements or climbing in deep woods.
- Fix leaky pipes and facets.
- Minimize indoor plants because soil encourages the mold growth.
Avoiding house dust mites
House dust consists of various substances and its level varies from home-to-home. It mainly depends on your home furniture, pets, building material, moisture and many other factors. [Dust Mite Allergy]
So, to minimize the house dust and to protect yourself from indoor allergy, you need to follow the below mentioned steps.
- If possible, minimize the usage of carpet in your house, otherwise vacuum once or twice a week.
- Maintain the humidity levels below 50% so that mold growth will decrease.
- Wash the stuffed animals and bedding in hot water at a temperature of 130 degree Fahrenheit.
- Don’t allow animals into your bedroom.
- Cover the pillows and mattresses with plastic and zippered cases in order to reduce the growth of dust mites.
- Limit the use of fire places.
Avoiding cockroach droppings
- Improve ventilation so that it helps to eliminate the damp areas.
- Frequent cleaning helps to remove cockroach and dust products.
- Remove the food wastages.
- Consider a specialized exterminator.
Avoiding animal dander
- If you are already suffering from any form of indoor allergy, it is better to remove the pets from home.
- Frequent vacuuming of rooms where pets live will reduce the exposure to pet dander.
- Don’t allow the pets into your bedroom.
- Clean your pet weekly once so that you will be less exposed to pet’s urine, dander and saliva.
Frequently filter the air with a high efficiency air filter to avoid allergens which cause indoor allergy. Place filtering material like cheesecloth over air vents.
By following the above steps, you can avoid indoor allergy for maximum extent.