With an estimated 50 million people in the United States affected by nasal allergies alone, chances are good that you know someone in your own family affected by allergies. With many different types of allergies present, making sure your home is safe from allergens can be difficult. However, you can take some of the following steps to handle your family members’ allergies.
Pet allergies result from allergens in an animal’s skin glands and saliva that stick to dander and fur. Reactions to pet allergies can include sneezing and itchy or watery eyes.
While many people think that they have to get rid of their pets if they have pet allergies, they can find ways to manage their allergies and keep their pets. One idea is to keep pets out of allergy sufferers’ bedrooms. Additionally, using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and frequently washing curtains, pillows, and couch covers will remove pet dander. Finally, give pets a bath once a week to reduce allergy-causing dander.
Food allergies occur when a person’s immune system reacts to proteins found in certain foods. The reactions can range from a tingling sensation in the mouth to difficulty breathing. Children are more likely than adults to have a food allergy because their immune systems are still developing.
The easiest way to make your home safe for those with food allergies is to eliminate allergens from their diets. Read food labels and thoroughly wash all cooking utensils if they come into contact with the allergens.
Signs of a skin allergy include redness, itching, and hives. One of the most common causes of skin allergies comes from fragrances used in soaps, detergents, shampoos, and room sprays.
Keep in mind that sometimes products labeled as unscented can also aggravate skin allergies because these products still contain a fragrance to block the unwanted scents. If you have a family member who develops a rash after using one of these items, simply switching to fragrance-free products can solve the problem.
While indoor dust can cause sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and coughing, indoor dust is also a common cause of asthma in children. People who suffer from dust allergies may find that their symptoms are worse after cleaning or dusting because those are the times when dust particles get stirred up in the air.
Even though you can’t remove all the dust from your home, you can deep-clean the places it loves to settle. Carpets, ceiling fans, and blinds are all places that need a good cleaning to keep dust at bay.
Pollen allergies can cause headaches, runny noses, coughing, and watery eyes. Grasses, weeds, and trees all release pollen that can trigger allergy symptoms. Even though you may be allergic to birch pollen, you can also be allergic to other types of pollen, such as ragweed pollen. When you know pollen counts are high, limit time outside and close the windows to keep out as much pollen as possible.
Even though allergies can’t be cured, by following the tips above, you can prevent allergy flare-ups and treat allergies in your family.
Disclosure: This article is provided by a guest author.