Cold weather months are unpleasant for some people, as no one wants to experience an allergy or asthma attack. Once you are diagnosed with an allergy, your doctor may recommend medications to control symptoms. The next step is to stop exposure to allergens.
Allergens are hiding in unexpected places in our homes. Children’s toys, pets, bedding, carpets, curtains and more, can all be sources for asthma and allergy triggers. Researches show that allergy and asthma symptoms may be improving over time if you prevent allergen accumulation.
It is impossible to remove allergens from your home, but you can reduce their levels by taking steps to minimize irritants in your home.
Steps to minimize allergy and asthma triggers in your home
- Wash bedding in hot water and dry them well.
- Vacuum carpets and furniture regularly.
- Choose toys that you can wash in hot water.
- Always clean furniture with a damp cloth.
- Wear a mask while cleaning.
- Limit the use of air fresheners and scented candles.
- Keep pets outside if possible. If you have to keep a pet inside, keep it out of the bedroom.
- Open windows or doors to refresh the air inside your home.
- Remove indoor plants if they irritate.
- If you smoke, stop smoking in your home or car.