Clean the House of Allergens
Dust mites and mold are other common allergens, so whether it’s spring or not, a good house cleaning can help reduce allergy symptoms:
- Dust and vacuum weekly with a damp or microfiber cloth and a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Wash bedding in hot water (130 degrees or higher) to kill dust mites, toss out feather pillows and down comforters, and enclose pillows and mattress in allergen-proof covers.
- Use HEPA air filters and furnace filters specially made to trap allergens.
- Use a mild bleach solution to remove mold in the bathroom, and toss any mat, shower curtain, or liner that shows mold.
- Use an exhaust fan in the bathroom. Consider a dehumidifier for the basement.
- Think twice about house plants -- the soil can harbor mold.
- Store books and papers in closed shelf cabinets.
Reduce Pet Dander
There isn't truly a hypoallergenic pet, because all dogs and cats produce allergens in their dander (dead skin cells) and saliva that can trigger allergies in some people. If you have pet allergies and choose to live with a four-legged family member, bathe your pet at least once a week (more frequently if they spend a lot of time outside during pollen season). Keep Fido and Fluffy out of your bedroom and off any upholstered surfaces.