Those who suffer with allergies know how important it is to minimise contact with their triggers as much as possible. Unfortunately, if you have dust allergy, you may find it hard to avoid your trigger and so knowing some simple home remedies for allergies is essential. Let’s look at a few effective treatments and learn how to prevent allergies at home.
Allergy treatment at home: know the triggers
Dust (bed) mites are one of the most common allergy triggers. A house dust mite allergy is caused by the tiny particles produces by the mites. These particles aren’t visible to the human eye but float in the air when anyone disturbs them with vacuuming, moving the bedding or walking on carpets. That’s why intense cleaning sometimes can make your symptoms worse.
Similar to a house dust mite allergy, the tiny particles of cockroaches can also cause some people to experience allergy symptoms. Animal hair, fur and feathers may also aggregate your symptoms so it is recommended that you minimise or completely eliminate contact with pets depending on the severity of your allergy. If it is another member of your household with the allergy, then make sure you wipe your hands and clothes thoroughly after any contact with animals to reduce the risk of introducing allergens to them.
A common fungus like mold can also cause an allergic reaction, as its spores often mix with household dust. It’s important to make sure there’s no mold in your house, and check moist places like kitchen and bathrooms regularly.
Finally, pollen which comes from flowers, trees and grasses, often causes allergies especially during spring and summer. Pollen can also be found in house dust.
Dust allergy home remedies
Once you know the triggers, it’s easy to see why it’s so important to implement a dust allergy treatment at home in the form of thorough cleaning. Follow these simple steps to minimise the effects of allergens in your home using natural remedies for allergies:
Wash all fabrics.
To prevent a dust mite allergy, wash your bed sheets and curtains in hot water or have them dry cleaned. A laundry detergent like Surf excel is a good choice if you want to remove stains too.
Safety proof common areas.
You can use “mite-proof” cases for your mattresses and pillows to help stop these critters.
Clean surfaces thoroughly.
Wipe with a damp cloth and disinfectant like Domex or Cif. Start from the top of surfaces and move down.
Get the vacuum cleaner out.
Run it over the floors, carpets, beds, and furniture. If possible, use a special HEPA filter to avoid sending dust back into the air to circulate. You can also use a mop to wipe floors if preferred.Complete
Do this routine every 1-2 weeks for an effective dust allergy treatment at home.
Final thought: dust mite allergy and carpets
Carpets may be comfortable and luxurious, but if you suffer from a dust mite allergy then they can really aggravate your symptoms as dust gets caught in the fibres. Get rid of your carpets if you can, or follow our advice on how to give carpets a thorough clean.