How to make your home more asthma and allergy-friendly
Any asthma or allergy sufferers will know that flare-ups can really disrupt your lifestyle and be a significant inconvenience. From environmental factors, to how clean your home is – many different things that can wreak havoc on allergy and asthma sufferers.
If you’re one of the 5.4 million people in the UK prone to flare ups, you may be wondering how you can make your home more asthma and allergy friendly? If so, read on for our top tips on keeping your home an allergen-free zone.
What triggers asthma and allergies?
To help make your home more asthma and allergy-friendly, it’s firstly important to understand what causes asthma and allergies. Although everyone is different, the most common triggers are things such as allergies (to things such as pollen, dust, animal fur of feathers), smoke and pollution, mould or damp, and weather changes.
How to make your home more asthma & allergen friendly
The good news is that there are a few simple steps you can take to improve asthma and allergy symptoms.
Regular vacuuming and cleaning
For many, dust mites, pet dander and mould will be a trigger of asthma and allergy sufferers. So a through cleaning routine is important to keep triggers at bay.
Mould spores release allergens and irritants that can cause both allergic reactions and asthma attacks, so it’s crucial to avoid this at all costs. By regularly vacuuming, dusting and getting rid of mould in bathrooms, you’ll be well on the way to keeping triggers to a minimum.
Buy allergen-friendly bedding
If you haven’t already, it’s worth investing in allergen friendly bedding. Hypoallergenic bedding is designed to deter pesky dust mites so that you can sleep soundly. They are also easily washable, so if you do feel as though your bedding could do with a good clean, it’s quick and easy to pop it on a hot wash.
Choose decorating supplies wisely
Whether you’re choosing paint for the bathroom or another room in the house, certain paints will help with asthma and allergy prevention. They work by limiting exposure to airborne triggers of asthma and allergies such as spores and are perfect for rooms prone to damp and mould.
Leave pets outside or in designated rooms where possible
Although snuggling up to your furry friend at night might be comforting, it may not be doing your allergies any good.
If you have pets, it’s often a good idea to keep them out of bedrooms. Pet dander and debris can collect in the soft furnishings and cause problems for allergy and asthma sufferers.
However, if you do need to have your pet with you, consider washing any blankets or cushion covers regularly on a 60-degree wash.
Improve air quality in your home
If you want to go the extra mile, another way to improve asthma and allergies at home is by investing in an air purifier. They work by taking in the air around you and stripping it of allergens, meaning you can get a better night sleep.
If you’re on a budget, certain plants or shrubs may do the trick too!
The bottom line is that if you suffer from allergies or asthma, the good news is that you can take easy steps towards having an allergen free home. Which method will you try next?
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