Tips for those who suffer from indoor dust allergies
As the weather turns colder, those who suffer from seasonal allergies get some welcome relief. Unfortunately, people who have indoor allergies notice an uptick in their symptoms during this time of year. This is because we tend to spend more time inside during the winter months rarely opening our windows, which allows the same air to circulate throughout the home, regardless of the allergens it may contain.
If you have an allergy to dust mites, it can be hard to find any relief from this trouble, but there are a few things that you can do to lessen your exposure during the winter months.
Pay special attention to the bedroom, since this is a place where you spend a lot of your time and dust accumulates easily. Dust that develops on bedding or other surfaces can be a major source of allergy symptoms, so it is important to keep your room clean. Frequently wash bedding in hot water, as this will kill dust mites, and ensure that newly laundered bedding is dust-free.
In addition to frequently laundering sheets and blankets, you can benefit from purchasing allergy encasings for your mattress and pillows. These bags of tightly woven fabric cover the entire mattress and shield it from dust mites. A study that was conducted by doctors Ashley Woodcock and Adnan Custovic and published in the British Medical Journal proved that this is an effective way to reduce dust allergy symptoms.
Frequent cleaning, though necessary in reducing dust within the home, can also stir up dust and other allergens in the air. Consider using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, or wearing a respirator mask while tackling home chores to help to prevent this problem.
While indoor allergies are a problem that many of us face, they can be easily controlled by following this and your doctor's advice.