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Got Allergies? Here are some Tips to stay Allergy-Free!

Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the United States, causing a constant sniffle or sneeze when face to face with the allergen (or allergens) that set them off. For some, allergies are seasonal and mild, requiring nothing more than getting extra tissue or taking a decongestant occasionally. So how can you allergy-proof your home to make it a refuge, not a source of sneezes?

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Vacuum Often

Vacuum Often

Clean carpets regularly with a quality vacuum cleaner  and clean the vacuum often. Vacuuming regularly is a great way to prevent the presence of both common indoor and outdoor allergens in the home. Though they are effective, you will only get the most out of your vacuum if you use a HEPA filter to keep the allergens from being ejected back into the air.

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Hypoallergenic Bedding

Hypoallergenic Bedding

Hypoallergenic sheets and comforters are manufactured using materials that keep your bedding from becoming a home for dust mites and reduce the presence of mold and other allergenic materials. Sheets and comforters cannot of course be encased, and therefore can become a haven for dust mites and allergens in your bedding. Hypoallergenic sheets and comforters are also dye-free and chemical-free to further reduce the amount of irritant chemical compounds from the bedding.

The best materials that are found in hypoallergenic sheets and comforters include bamboo, silk, hypodown, natural cotton. Also materials that thermos regulate are best because they help avoid the presence of moisture in the bedding due to sweat or condensation, in addition to the obvious benefits of comfort while sleeping.

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HEPA Air Purifiers

HEPA Air Purifiers

HEPA is an acronym for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filtration works by forcing air through an extremely fine mesh that traps allergenic particles such as dander, spores, etc. If someone in your home struggles with allergies, then you should consider purchasing a HEPA Air filtration system. These products can provide relief in the areas of your some where people spend their time such as in a living area or a bedroom. HEPA filters are available on vacuum cleaners as well.

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Humidity Control

Humidity Control

In order to minimize allergies and other issues that home occupants can suffer, using a humidifier or a dehumidifier can give you relief and help you avoid serious health problems. Basements are cooler than the rest of you home and therefore can be a place where humidity is high and creates a prime environment for mold growth. Humidifiers help your home avoid drying out your skin which can cause irritations and rashes.

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Getting rid of Pet Dander

Getting rid of Pet Dander

Another big allergy problem in homes is pet dander. Pets have allergens in their saliva and on their skin that irritate the allergies on many. Aside from not having pets at all, there are a few things you can do to limit the allergies due to pets.

One remedy is to keep the pets out of the bedroom. This allows for relief in the rooms where allergy sufferers spend the bulk of their time. Don’t allow a pet to sleep in your bed with you since the fabric you wear and sleep in can spread the pet dander all around your home. Try to keep your pets in non-carpeted areas of your house.

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Getting rid of Dust Mites

Getting rid of Dust Mites

For dust mites the best thing to do is use washable bedding. Many use throws, blankets and quilts that are seldom washed, and these fabrics often are a home for dust mites. To treat for dust mites, wash bedding in hot water. Parents of children with dust mite allergies also need to be careful of other cloth products that are not washable such as stuffed animals.

Dust mites prefer warm humid environments, so using a dehumidifier can help. It is advisable to keep humidity below 55 percent.