Top Ten Tips to Allergy-Proofing

Here are some simple lifestyle changes that will immediately reduce your exposure to allergens and increase your body’s ability to stay healthy.

  1. Reduce the clutter in your home–it collects dust.
  2. Use zippered, allergy-proof covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows to reduce dust mites in areas where you sleep.
  3. Wash bedding in 130°F (55°C) water every seven to ten days. This helps kill dust mites.
  4. Clean your home weekly to remove dust, molds, and pet dander. Wear a dust mask when you clean.
  5. Consider replacing wall-to-wall carpeting with washable throw rugs to reduce dander, molds, and dust mites.
  6. Keep pets out of the bedroom and bathe them weekly if you are allergic to pet dander. Studies have found that using a HEPA air cleaner may reduce animal allergen exposure.
  7. Use a dehumidifier to keep your house dry and reduce the growth of molds.
  8. Request that family and guests refrain from smoking in your car and home.
  9. Keep windows closed and use air conditioning on high-humidity or windy days.
  10. Dry clothes and bedding in an electric clothes dryer instead of hanging them outside where pollen and molds collect on them.


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