Allergies are an unfortunate reality of life for many people. While some people only suffer a runny nose or minor sneezing fits, others will break out in painful, maddening rashes, or even have their airway constrict until they can’t breath. If you suffer from severe allergies, or have a family member who suffers, there are some steps you need to take towards controlling those allergies in every aspect of your life, and that starts with your home.
The world is full of different allergens that can aggravate or trigger an allergic outbreak, and sometimes, it may only take the slightest thing to create a disaster. Pollen, food, and pets are just a few of the culprits that often cause our bodies to start panicking, and it can be hard to pinpoint the source when allergies do start to act up.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that, when it comes to controlling allergies in your home, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your family safe, and living a comfortable, happy life.
Determine What Your Allergies Are
The first, and most obvious, step to controlling allergies is to identify what it is that triggers them. You’ve probably already guessed a few, via a runny nose or a coughing fit when you got around a particular plant or animal that was new to you, but that’s just the start. When it comes to fully comprehending the extent of your allergies, you need to seek out an allergist to fully diagnose your allergies.
Now, I know for some people, this is more than a quick trip to embark on. With health insurance costs being what they are, it can be hard to justify a trip to the doctor just for a runny nose or watery eyes, but don’t be so quick to disregard it. You may know one or two things that you or a loved one is allergic to, but without being diagnosed by a medical professional, you’re more than likely going to miss a few. Some of these undiagnosed allergies could potentially be severe, and can endanger the lives of you or your family. To ensure a long life, and one not dominated by your allergies, a trip to an allergist is essential.
Reduce the Allergens in Your Home
Once you’ve determined what your allergies are, and what will trigger them, you can start to remove or reduce them in your own home. Common examples of allergens found in most homes are dirt and pollen that’s been tracked inside, animal fur, mold, mildew, and food items. Keeping pollen and plant materials outside is a must when you are working on controlling allergies. You may also find that your diet becomes more limited, and you may need to consider finding a new home for your pet, no matter how painful it may be.
Also take the time to examine the types of fabrics that you’re using in your home, and invest only in furniture that won’t trigger your allergies. Wool is a common culprit when it comes to aggravating allergies and sensitive skin, but there are others. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for quality rugs and furniture made from synthetic materials, that don’t compromise beauty in their design, so that you can still enjoy a beautiful home while controlling allergies.
Controlling Allergies in Your Home by Cleaning
While none of us wants to deal with a messy home, no matter the circumstances, it’s especially important that families with severe allergies take the time to clean their homes at least once per week. Remember the pollen and fur I mentioned earlier? Even if you’ve taken your potted plants out of your house, or have pets you’re not allergic to, there’s still the outside world to deal with. Those allergens will build up quickly in even the most sanitized home, if you don’t keep on top of it.
Another step towards controlling allergies in your home is to take a look at your cleaners. Before you clean, check the ingredients used in your soaps, laundry detergents, and air fresheners. Most are harmless enough, but some contain ingredients or fragrances that will aggravate and trigger allergies and skin rashes. If you find that your family is extremely sensitive to the allergens found in cleaning materials, swap them out for ‘sensitive’ and ‘fragrance free’ varieties.
When it comes to controlling allergies in your home, there are plenty of steps you can take. While some may not be your first choice, doing so can help you live a happier, healthier life.