Medications help treat allergy symptoms once they strike, but there are several steps you can take to prevent symptoms altogether. The following recommendations can help you avoid allergy triggers whether you're at home, outdoors, or out on the town.
Keep windows closed and, if you have it, use air conditioning if you're allergic to pollen. Don't use fans since they can stir up dust.
Keep the humidity in your house below 50% to prevent mould growth.
If you have pets, consider keeping them outside or perhaps ask someone else to take care of them. Animal dander and saliva are common allergens for many people. If you must keep your pets indoors, do not allow them in the bedroom and be sure to bathe them often.
Avoid areas where moulds may collect, including cellars, garages, sheds and compost heaps. If you can, get someone else to clean these areas regularly.
Install dehumidifiers in cellars and other areas of the house where moulds tend to collect. Clean these devices every week.
Air damp clothes and shoes (in the house) before storing.
Remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Don't leave wet clothes in the machine where mould can quickly grow.
Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles with mould-killing solutions.
Don't collect too many indoor plants as soil encourages mould growth.
Store firewood outside.
Use plastic covers for pillows, mattresses and box springs (bed bases). Avoid overstuffed furniture and down-filled bedding or pillows.
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