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Controlling Your Allergies
One of the best ways to control your allergy symptoms is to keep your home free of common allergy triggers. Here are five strategies to help you avoid allergy triggers.
Improve your air quality.
Keep windows closed and use air conditioning (fans can stir up dust). Filter the air from air conditioning and heating vents with HEPA filters. Clean air filters frequently, and air ducts once a year. Use a dehumidifier (especially in basements) to keep humidity below 50% and prevent mold growth. Don't allow tobacco smoke in the house.
Avoid allergen hotbeds.
When you can, try to stay out of allergen-heavy areas like basements, crawl spaces, garages, barns, and compost heaps. Use a mask if you have to go into those places for extended periods of time.
Keep it clean.
Vacuum frequently. Wash bed linens and towels in hot water (at least 130° F), put laundry in the dryer right away—and don't hang laundry outside to dry where it can collect pollen. Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning, vacuuming, or painting to limit dust and chemical exposure.
Avoid venetian blinds and curtains that can't be washed, storing firewood indoors, carpeting and throw rugs, and indoor plants.
If you have pets, keep them outside as much as possible—and especially keep them out of the bedroom. Brush pets outside to remove loose hair, dander, and other allergens. Have someone else tend to litter or cages, and to washing your pet weekly to reduce dander. Consider using an air filtration system.