Do you know someone with allergies? If so, you might have noticed that a lot of people with allergies are actually allergic to the things around their own homes. Today we're talking all about why that is and what you can do about it.
It's important to understand how your home affects your allergies because it could make a huge difference in your quality of life. Many people will find out they are even allergic to things like dust mites - which sound silly but if you've never heard of them, they're tiny animals that live on dirt and food particles and thrive in humid environments like bathrooms or under furniture.
Small children who crawl around on floors often have high levels of dust mite allergens on their hands.
Allergies are triggered by a lot of things, including dust mites and cats. Here's what you can do about it.
Dust mites are tiny critters that love to live in spaces with a lot of humidity, so if you have lots of windows or pictures on the wall, they're going to have plenty of places to hide. It's important to keep your pet away from furniture so that their scent doesn't end up smeared on fabrics that cause people with allergies to react.
And don't forget those air purifiers! If you're serious about getting rid of allergens, frequent use is essential for any kind of long-term success.
While a lot of people with allergies will experience their symptoms at all times of the year, there are certainly patterns to how severe you feel. If you're new to having allergies or just getting used to them, there's a good chance that it's going to get worse before it gets better.
This is actually good news for you because your symptoms are probably going through that severe phase - meaning that if you live with them, they will probably get better!
Your allergist or doctor will test you for specific allergies. You should expect to be tested if you have atopic sensitization, but not everyone will test positive even with it. If you live with asthma or another respiratory disorder, your doctor may order additional tests as well.
If you know someone with allergies, you can ask to be tested with them. Even if you have an air purifier, and even if your house was clean before a family member came over, you might be surprised to find out that you're allergic to something you didn't know about!
Yes, you can take an allergy test at home. The are several you can get from amazon or other places that will test your allergies to things like dust mites, cats, dogs and even pollen.
Keep a journal of what you're allergic to and how it affects you. Sometimes if you don't know what triggered your allergies, it's hard to remember exactly what happened. With a journal, you'll have more control over the future. If you live alone or with someone else who also has allergies, make sure that person knows about it and writes in the same place about their own allergies as well so that everyone will know exactly where it comes from!
If your allergies have been triggered by pets such as dogs or cats, try keeping them out of the house for a while.
Your doctor will probably recommend an air purifier and recommend frequent vacuuming of the place where your allergies are the most severe. You can buy one yourself if yours isn't enough or convenient enough for you. Air purifiers are designed to get rid of all sorts of things from pollen to smoke and more.
A HEPA air purifier will probably help you the most with allergens and other particles in the air, but if you are having trouble with dust mites, as I did, you will need to clean the air more often than a HEPA filter might help you.
Studies have shown that allergies can grow stronger when a person does not have pets in the home or if pets are kept in an area that doesn't have dust mites. Even if you have an air purifier and have your house very clean, it is important to keep pets out of an area where your allergies are particularly strong. This is because they shed their skin all over those areas and it causes irritation for people with pet allergies.
There are several ways to do this:
Just as people who eat a lot of processed foods tend to have higher levels of allergies, those who frequently eat fast food also tend to have higher rates of allergies. It's not clear why this is, but it is probably because people who eat fast food are not getting enough vitamin C and other things that they need in their diets.
Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system. It strengthens the immune system and is good for the lungs. Vitamin C helps with allergy symptoms because it is a helper in fighting bacteria and viruses. It also supports the immune system and helps fight free radicals that can cause allergies (4).
Vitamin D is also important for an immune system that is strong and healthy. Vitamin D helps the cells in the body fight off infections and illnesses. It can prevent allergies (5).
Vitamin E is also important for people with allergies because it helps keep you healthy by helping to fight infections, keeping the skin healthy, and strengthening your body's natural defenses so that they'll be strong enough to fight off bacteria and viruses. Vitamin E aids the body in fighting off infections that cause allergies.
Yes, but they can't get rid of allergens completely. Even though a vacuum cleaner can remove some dust mites and other allergens, it will not kill them. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter is recommended for a working environment because it will reduce most of the allergens in the air.
If you have children with allergies, long-haired pets that shed, or other pets that shed hair in your house, you should consider a HEPA filter for your home because these pets are another source of allergens to your family's health.
Yes, allergy symptoms are considerably reduced after shampooing because many allergens (Mold, dust mites, pollen etc) are generated by the carpet, and by cleaning, those are wiped out from the carpet.
So, if you have a family member, a friend or even a neighbor who is allergic to dust mites, animals, pollen or whatever, this article will help you understand them and what to do about it. Like I mentioned in the beginning of this article, don't panic if you find out that your significant other is sensitive to dust mites. Try making your house as clean and free of allergens as possible, and keep your immune system strong so that it doesn't cause you any more health problems.
If you have any questions or comments about dust mites or allergies, comment below! Thanks for reading!
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