Millions of people suffer from a variety of allergies, whether it’s a dust allergy, pollen allergy or mix of seasonal allergies. This article outlines the steps you can take to limit your chances of a reaction at home through effective cleaning of dust and washing of clothes to remove pet hair and pollen.
What causes allergies?
You’re probably answering this question already, saying “the cat,” “dust,” or “pollen.” In fact, what actually initiates allergic reactions is your immune system. It misunderstands innocent things in your environment – believing them to be a serious threat and therefore attacking them. The annoying symptoms you get such as red eyes, sneezing and itchiness are the result.
Home remedies for allergies
Home remedies are a positive way to treat allergies. They are practical and proactive, helping you minimise the effect of allergies in your home.
Dust mites, tiny insects that live in household dust, trigger dust allergies. The following methods will help you minimise the number of mites in your home:
- Choose hard vinyl floor coverings or wood instead of a carpet.
- Instead of curtains, fit roller blinds that can easily be wiped clean.
- Buy plastic, vinyl furniture or leather over upholstered furniture.
- If you have cushions, upholstered furniture, cuddly toys, or curtains, wash them regularly at high temperature using an effective laundry detergent such as Omo.
- On pillows, mattresses, and duvets use tested allergy-proof covers.
- Frequently wipe surfaces with a detergent such as Jif and a damp, clean cloth.
Think about the areas of your home where you spend a lot of time, perhaps your living room and bedroom, and concentrate your efforts here.
So what causes allergies to pollen? Allergy to pollen is often referred to as hay fever, it’s triggered when grasses or trees release their pollen into the atmosphere. The times of year when you suffer from seasonal allergies will depend on what pollen variety you’re allergic to, as plants pollinate at varying times throughout the year. The majority of people suffer during summer and are affected by grasses, or spring due to trees. The following home remedies for allergies to pollen will help keep it under control:
- Stay indoors wherever possible, when the weather reports say the pollen count will be high.
- When the pollen count is high, avoid drying clothes or bedding outdoors.
- Better shield your eyes using wraparound glasses.
- Wherever possible, keep windows and doors closed.
- Change your clothes, wash them as soon as possible, and shower after being outdoors.
- Use an effective laundry detergent such as Omo to ensure your clothes are pollen free.
Why not implement these home remedies for allergies today to help minimise your symptoms. Soon, you could feel much better!