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Mar 01, 2017

Itchy eyes, swollen face, sneezing, sniffling and itchy, red eyes are all common symptoms of allergies, and they can make your life miserable. Dust, pollen and mould are just a few things that can trigger your allergy. Most of us believe that our homes are free of allergens, whereas the sad truth is that allergens are lurking in the least expected places and can cause or make you more prone to allergies.

The common triggers of allergies at your home and ways to combat it

Dust mites

When was the last time you washed or dry cleaned your blanket? Don’t remember? You should do it more often. Dust mites are usually found in mattresses, duvets, pillows and blankets in your bedroom. This is because they feed on your skin cells, and thrive in a warm and cosy environment. They are the most common allergens present in homes.

You can get rid of dust mites by using hypoallergenic casings on your linen and bedding and washing your bedding regularly. You can also get an air purifier for your home and make sure you’re breathing in clean air.

Pets

You’ll be surprised to know that your beloved pet could have been the cause of your last asthma attack or could have triggered your allergy symptoms. Cat or dog dander, which is nothing but flakes of dead skin, can accumulate on your pet’s fur and transfer to other surfaces in your house.

When you inhale these allergens, it can immediately trigger an allergy. So, make sure you give your pets regular baths and keep them clean at all times.

Carpets

Carpets and rugs are storehouses of allergens. From mould and pollen to dust and fungi, various types of allergens get accumulated in carpets. If you have asthma or an allergy, then you should ideally not have carpets at home. Yes, we know they look great and add aesthetic appeal to your house, but unless you vacuum or steam clean your carpet regularly, they are a strict no-no!

Perfume

Perfumes are fabulous,but they are not for everyone. If you find yourself getting a headache, a skin reaction or feeling nauseated every time you try on a perfume, shampoo or any other product with a fragrance then you might have a fragrance allergy.

You can deal with this by using natural oils instead of perfume and using products that are fragrance-free.

Flowers

Loving having fresh flowers at home? Along with adding a dash of colour to your interiors, they also bring pollen into your lovely home. So, make sure you don’t have a pollen allergy before you bring plants or flowers into your home. If you can’t bear the thought of not having flowers at home, you can consult with horticulture experts and get pollen-free plants for your home.

Soft toys

Soft toys maybe cute and cuddly, but they are they the worst things to have at home if you are prone to allergies. Dust mites are usually found in soft toys. Make sure you wash them in hot water regularly to prevent them from accumulating allergens.

Mould

Wet surfaces or any surface that is exposed to moisture is prone to mould. Kitchens and bathrooms are usually more susceptible to mould so make sure that you clean them regularly with disinfectants. Shower cubicles and bathtubs should be specially checked for mould and mildew since mould grows in damp and poorly ventilated areas.

 

Get an extractor fan installed in your bathroom since this will help in getting rid of steam. Also, make sure that you mop the shower area once you’re done so that it’s clean and dry.

 

Vacuum cleaners

 

Getting rid of dust at your home is a never-ending chore. But it is extremely important to do this regularly since dust can wreak havoc on your allergies if you inhale it. So, make sure you buy a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which will filter out even the small particles. A dust-free home means that you don’t have to worry about your allergies. Invest in the right vacuum cleaner today!

 

Furniture

 

You might not know this, but your furniture can also trigger your allergy. Dust can settle on your favourite couch or chair and cause constant sneezing or  kick-start your allergy. Make sure you vacuum your upholstery regularly and if possible, get professionals to give your upholstery a thorough deep clean once in 6 months at least. Regular cleaning will get rid of dust, pet dander and other allergens.

 

Do not buy furniture made from manufactured wood or chipboard since they might contain formaldehyde (a chemical that emits a colorless gas) that can irritate the airways of your lungs.

 

Room freshener

 

Room fresheners are our go-to options when we want to get rid of the musty smell at home or want to eliminate traces of smoking. But, did you know that room freshener contains ethylene-based glycol ethers, phthalates, terpenes and other harmful chemicals? They not only trigger an allergy attack but if inhaled over a long period of time can be harmful to your health. Stop using air fresheners and instead buy a diffuser and use essential oils, which contain natural ingredients and have a great fragrance as well.

 

If you are someone who has asthma or are suffering from allergies, then you should seriously consider getting an air purifier to improve the quality of air in your home. What does an air purifier do? It filters pollutants and allergens like smoke, mould, dust, pollen and bacteria. A clean and well-ventilated home along with an air purifier will drastically reduce the number of allergens and make your life a lot easier.

 

Be smart and invest in a smart air purifier today!

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