Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Allergy Remedy - 5 Steps to an Allergy Free Home

Allergies can ruin the quality of life in a home so it makes sense to look for an effective allergy remedy.

First, let's look at the sources of home allergens.

Dust and pollen are the major irritants. Dust is mainly composed of shed skin flakes and is the preferred food of dust mites. Mold and fungi can cause itching and sneezing though their spores. Then there are insects which release allergy-forming fecal matter and body parts into the home.

Now let's get ready to deal with them.

The first thing to do is to thoroughly clean your home. It's no good just running a duster over your furniture. This just wafts the dust up into the air and it soon settles again. You should preferably use a HEPA vacuum to make sure all the dust is securely collected. Then dump the collected matter in a safe place.

If you have carpets or rugs, use a steam cleaner. This blasts scalding steam deep into your carpets which exterminates any mites living there. Dust mites are tenacious and real steam cleaners also effectively destroy their eggs and larvae.

Next, if you have any flowering house plants, put them out on a window ledge or in the garden. Lovely as they are to look at, flowers and the pollen they product are an allergy sufferer's worse nightmare.

For a good night's sleep, consider investing in anti allergy bedding. This can consist of an anti allergy mattress, cover and pillows. These work to prevent dust mites from settling down in your bedding and shedding their skins and feces in the air.

Finally using a humidifier can raise the moisture level in your home. Low humidity in your home can cause your throat and nasal passages to dry out. This renders you more susceptible to allergies.

You need to be check your home humidity levels, though. High humidity can lead to the growth of mold and fungus which are themselves allergens.

As you can see the best allergy remedy consists of a set of tasks and measures you can take to make your home free from the sources of those allergens that can cause such misery.

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