The list of things I’m allergic to is quite extensive. With dust being one of them, I suffer from sinus congestion, sneezing and watery itchy eyes all year long. But from April through July they’re especially severe as pollen and ragweed are now rampant in our area. I can’t get away from it.
My allergist tells me that avoidance is the best policy. Tell that to my 2-year-old! She loves playing outside, and the weather is now suddenly beautiful again. I can’t blame her, and to tell you the truth I have no desire to hide out in my home.
He also gave me some other helpful tips. By taking certain measures in how I keep my home, I can help combat the awful effects that my allergies have on my body.
Tip #1 – Choose wisely when it comes to decorative plants.
Surround yourself with low-pollen plants like passionflower, miniature rose, begonia, nasturtium, croton, parsley, thyme, bay, peace lily, peperomia and Swedish ivy. Water carefully so as to avoid mold growth in the soil. Dust foliage on indoor plants.
Tip #2 – Don’t let wet towels lie.
I am guilty of of leaving wet towels on the bathroom floor, sometimes even the bed. There’s a reason why towels get that musty smell: mold. Wash towels and bedding in boiling hot water. And never go to bed with a wet head.
Tip #3 – Banish the knick-knacks
They accumulate more dust, require regular cleaning, and they don’t look all that great anyway.
Tip #4 – Turn up the A/C
Keep the windows closed to prevent allergens from blowing in and decorating your home with “green”. Turn on the air conditioning, which filters the air. By having a nearly allergen free home indoors, I can allow myself some time outside despite my seasonal ailments.
Tip #5 – Practice safe cleaning.
The doc also told me to wear a mask when dusting to avoid breathing in allergens. There are medical masks you can purchase at your pharmacy. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to swallow all of those nasty particles.
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