Learning about environmental control measures can greatly reduce your exposure to triggers that cause allergy symptoms. Eliminating triggers is one way to control allergy symptoms, while another is destroying the conditions that allow them to sustain their presence. With just a few changes in your home you can control the environment in which the allergens and irritants are living.
Dust mites are one of the biggest allergy symptom triggers because they are suited to live in the home environment. Limiting the areas in which they can live is the greatest way to control them from triggering your allergy symptoms. Dust mites are commonly found in beddings, carpets, furniture, etc. The best way to control dust mites is to regularly clean these materials. Wash your sheets at least once per week, vacuum clean your rug with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum cleaner, clean the curtains that are collecting dust from the wind, and vacuum regularly. Removal is the primary goal.
Mold produces allergens that can trigger allergy symptoms. Any moist environment is a place where mold can thrive. Bathrooms, basements, and other dark moist places are some of the most common areas for mold to grow in homes. Keeping these areas well ventilated is a great way to control the environment. A dehumidifier can also remove air moisture that makes mold possible to grow.
Another great way to limit the amount of contaminated air in your home is to keep your windows and doors closed during pollen season. This will help prevent pollens from coming into your home. Limiting long outdoor exposure is one way to keep the pollen from disturbing you, but it is also a great idea to shower before going to sleep in order to keep the pollen out of your hair and off your pillows/bed.