Attack allergies and save your sneezes
We learned something new about Angie’s List members when you responded to an online poll earlier this year — you’re a sneezy bunch.
As someone allergic to cats and grass (I swear I’m not making the last one up), I can relate. According to the poll, 80 percent of you say someone in your house suffers from allergies and/or asthma, and of that group, the vast majority attributes their suffering to common allergens like pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mold. Your home should offer a respite from these pesky triggers, but it might be harboring more harm than you know.
We contacted some of the highly rated allergists on Angie’s List for tips on controlling indoor allergies and providing a healthier environment for the whole family.
First, you can evict many triggers with a good scrubbing, by changing flooring or removing furnishings, but if your allergies are severe, leave the cleaning to someone else and hire a professional cleaning company.
Dust mites are a trigger for many folks who suffer from allergies. If you’re not sure what gives your respiratory system fits, consider getting tested by an allergist who can help pinpoint your troubles. Of those members who have been tested, according to the poll, 82 percent tested positive for dust mites allergies.
The best plan of attack is to make your bedroom the first priority. It’s probably the one room in your home where you spend the majority of your time. It’s also the room with the greatest number of dust mites, which are common in pillows and bedding, and feed on your dead skin and hair (Yuck!). It’s important to wash your bedding regularly in water over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. You can purchase dust mite covers for your pillows and mattresses. Dust mites also love carpet, so it’s equally essential to vacuum regularly.