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How can I control or prevent allergies at home?

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Pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander are common allergy triggers. You can help avoid them if you:

  • Keep windows closed and use air conditioning.
  • Clean air filters often and air ducts at least once a year.
  • Keep humidity in your house at 50% or below to prevent mold growth.
  • Install dehumidifiers in basements and other damp areas. Avoid moldy areas: basements, garages, crawl spaces, barns, and compost heaps.
  • Keep indoor pets away from bedrooms, and bathe them regularly.
  • Use special covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs.
  • Wash bedding often in hot water.
  • Vacuum with a double-layered microfilter bag or a HEPA filter.

From: How to Conquer Your Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Pollen Allergy,” “Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats?”

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: “Pollen,” “Dust Mites,” “Pets,” “Cigarette Smoke.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Pollen Allergy,” “Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats?”

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: “Pollen,” “Dust Mites,” “Pets,” “Cigarette Smoke.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 07, 2017

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