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Here's How to Make Your Home Allergy-Free and Eco-Friendly 0

Pollen counts and the duration of the pollen season have increased over the past 20 years, according to a recent study in the journal Lancet Planetary Health. While nature is quite impossible to control, there are other ways that we can take to live in an allergy-free home.

Strengthen Your Immune System to Fight Allergies 0

Allergies are the result of your immune system’s response to a substance. Immune responses can be mild such as coughing to life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Basically, allergic reactions begin in your immune system. When a harmless substance such as dust, mold, or pollen enters our system a person who is allergic drives his or her immune system to react by producing antibodies that attack the allergen. The resulting symptom caused varies from wheezing, sneezing, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes.

House Cleaning Tips to Keep Allergies at Bay 0

We list some tips to help you keep your house clean while keeping your allergies under control:

• Vacuum with a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. This type of filter works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, etc.

• Declutter your home

Extra boxes and decoration act as wonderful vantage point for dust, mites, and roaches and you don’t want those in your home.

 

Foods That Can Fight Allergies 0

When people have allergies oftentimes they are advised to stay away from whatever allergen triggers their allergies.

Living with allergies almost always entails avoiding something but there are certain things that people with allergies should not avoid and listed below are the foods these people should eat in order to prevent allergic attacks.

Holiday Allergies and How to Prevent Them 0

 

The holidays are here and it’s time to pass around the cheer instead of tissues of antihistamines. Allergies pick no season to ensue and the onset of allergy symptoms can spoil the good spirits.

The cold weather during the holidays and various triggers from food to seasonal greenery can bring about allergy symptoms, and there are also numerous ways to prevent them. But first and foremost, always identify what triggers your allergies and make your way from there.

 

Here are common holiday allergy triggers that you should watch out for:

  • Food. Holidays equate to lots of seasonal food, dinners with families and friends, and tons of parties – meaning there’s a high possibility of eating foods that you’re allergic to. If you have a food allergy, make sure to always ask the ingredients of each dish that you’ll eat.
  • Christmas Trees. You’ve read it right, fresh trees can house molds and mildew, and they may be to blame for triggering asthma and allergy symptoms. Give your trees a good shake (a leaf blower would be great!) before taking it inside your homes.
  • Decorations. After storing them for 11 months out of the year, your ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other holiday baubles have already collected dust and possibly, molds as well. Thoroughly clean them before you start embellishing for the holidays. Artificial snow is also popular, but be careful on spraying them around as it can trigger sneezing and other asthma and allergy symptoms.
  • Poinsettia. Poinsettias give off that festive feeling but it is a member of the rubber tree family and contains compounds similar to that of latex, so it is best to keep away if you have latex allergies.
  • Holiday Scents and Fragrances. Candles, sprays, fresheners, and sprays are popular this holiday season, but they can also irritate the nose and throats of those sensitive to allergies and can cause the onset of allergy symptoms.
  • Pets. Allergies during the winter season peak as we tend to stay more indoors. Pet dander at home increases and can cause more allergy outbreaks.