Did you know that three in 10 adults suffer from hay fever, and for children the number rises to 40%? There are also other allergens in our homes, such as house dust mites, which can cause an allergic reaction.
Hay fever is, of course, caused by pollen which irritates the sensitive areas of our noses and can cause sneezing, runny and itchy eyes and other irritation. Dust mite allergies, too, can cause blocked and stuffy noses, irritation to the eyes and coughs and sneezes.
Here’s 5 tips, though, to avoid getting caught with a reaction to mites or pollen.
There’s no denying that vacuuming your home regularly will help to remove the dead skin cells that dust mites love to feed on, it may also remove some pollen from your carpets. Unfortunately, however, it won’t solve all of your problems or remove all of the dust mite waste, which is actually the cause of the allergic reaction.
Regular vacuuming, however, does reduce the levels of pollen and dust mites that might collect in your carpets.
Wash your bedding and towels in high temperatures
We’re encouraged to wash at lower and lower temperatures to help the environment but washing our bedding and towels at 60 degrees will help to kill off any dust mites that might be lodging there. As we lie in bed for long periods, our bedding gets full of the tiny skin cells that we shed every day, which is what the dust mites feed on. By washing your bedding on a reasonably regular basis at the higher temperature, will ensure that your bed linin is not only fresh but free from mites.
Dry your clothes inside during pollen season
Pollen can stick to fabric as it is blown around in the wind. On particularly windy days, or when the pollen count is particularly high, it’s a good idea to hang your clothes indoors to dry, rather than taking them outside. This minimises the risk that pollen can collect on your clothes and cause irritation when they come back inside.
Wipe down soft furnishings and pets
Taking the time to wipe down your soft furnishings and your pets during pollen season will remove any spores that have found their way onto your curtains, seating and also into the fur of your pets. The damp cloth will collect the spores and ensure they don’t have the opportunity to cause you irritation. Just ensure that you wash the cloth well following!
Create the wrong environment
House dust mites love and thrive in warm and humid environments. To really prevent the propagation of the mites, you can turn down the temperature and use dehumidifiers to help create the wrong atmosphere. This will prevent the breeding and spread of dust mites and assist in managing your reaction.
There are many more simple steps like these to manage your home and prevent allergens affecting your lifestyle. There are, of course, also treatments which you can use should you fall victim to an allergy. UK.klarify.me has a wealth of information and tips for managing the risks of allergens as well as treatment and management tips.