Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Here is How You Can Allergy-Proof Your Home?

Allergies are caused by various factors ranging from dust and pollen to cigarette smoke and molds. Having a family member who is vulnerable to various allergies or being personally susceptible to allergic reactions would require an allergy-proof home and a safer living space that fits in with living allergy-free life. Allergy-proofing one’s home needn’t be a difficult task when you are armed with adequate knowledge on the subject. This article aims to enlighten the reader on all the steps that can be taken for allergy-proofing your home. Read further to know more.

How to Allergy Proof your Bedroom

Every room in your home may house allergens that could trigger an allergic reaction and so does your bedroom. Listed below are helpful suggestions to allergy-proof your bedroom.

  • Dust mites are a potent agent for allergic reaction and your bedding and pillows should be dust mite free at all times to avoid allergic reactions. Investing in dust mite proof pillow cases and mattress covers and washing linen at 130°F once a week is your best bet for eliminating dust mites or limiting exposure to them and thus making your bedroom allergy-proofed.
  • Fresh flowers are a source of pollen, which is known to cause traumatic allergic reactions, which is why fresh flowers should be best avoided in your bedroom. Origami flowers are a great substitute for interior décor.
  • Regularly servicing air conditioning units in your bedroom is one way to prevent the circulation of dust and stale air that could lead to allergies and voila, you have allergy proofed your bedroom.
  • Flowering trees and plants in close proximity to your bedroom window should be replanted at a safer distance to avoid pollen allergies.
  • Keep bedroom windows closed during pollen season.
  • Regular dusting that is thorough and leaves no space untouched is your best bet for avoiding dust allergies in your bedroom.
  • A small-particle or HEPA filter for air filtration in your bedroom; not only promotes lung health, but also minimizes airborne allergens.
  • Easy to clean bedroom furniture and curtains are a must have when you are looking to avoid allergens at all cost.

How to Allergy Proof your Living Room

Your living room is your lounging space in which you spend a considerable time. As such; concrete steps should be taken to ensure that your living room is allergen free. Read further to know more.

  • Keeping the windows closed during pollen season is the best way to allergy proof your home, as pollen is known to cause extreme allergic-reactions.
  • Shaggy carpets are a hotbed for dust mites that cause extreme allergic reactions. Hardwood or linoleum flooring is definitely a safer alternative to allergy proof your living room.
  • A HEPA or small particle air filter will serve you well in your living room to eliminate the chances of a reaction to airborne allergens and thus your living space gets allergy proofed.
  • Potted plants can be a potent source of allergens which is why they are best kept outdoors and not in the living room.
  • Easy clean curtains and furniture minus upholstery that often serves as a hotbed for dust mites are intrinsic to keeping your living room allergen free.
  • Pets may not be a great idea if you are allergic to fur or feathers.

How to Allergy Proof your Kitchen

What you eat or what goes into your food largely determines your vulnerability to allergic reactions. This is the primary reason to ensure that your kitchen is allergen-proof. Read further to know more.

  • An exhaust fan in your kitchen will effectively remove fumes and prevent the accumulation of heat and moisture that triggers the growth of allergens such as molds. An exhaust fan is a great way to allergy proof your kitchen.
  • Keep all kitchen surfaces clean and dust free to avoid dust mites and thus eliminating your kitchen as a source of your allergy.
  • Kitchen containers should be regularly washed to avoid yeasts and bacteria that often grow in closed containers and cause allergic reactions.
  • Uneaten food should be discarded and trash can should be emptied regularly and have a lid on at all times. This is an important tip for allergy proofing your kitchen.
  • Refrigerator cleaning is important to avoid molds sharing space with foods and eatables.
  • Check for rodents and cockroaches and employ the use of pesticides if needed; to keep your kitchen clean and hygienic and allergy proofed.

Miscellaneous Suggestions to Allergy Proof your Home

There is more to your home than just your living room, bedroom and kitchen. Damp spaces like bathrooms and basements often need extra attention to keep them mold-free. Regular dusting of spaces like your attic can also prevent a sudden allergic reaction brought on by your rare entry into that part of your home.

In conclusion; there is so much more you can do to eliminate allergens in the home environment and this article simply details issues that need immediate attention. Use personal discretion while making changes to your home as you may be vulnerable to some allergens and immune to others; in which case all of these suggestions may not apply to you. To be concise; a dust free and clean living space largely eliminates allergens and so does your knowledge about your personal vulnerabilities to various allergens.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: May 8, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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