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Spring Cleaning - Ways To Support Your Allergies At Home

Spring Cleaning - Ways To Support Your Allergies At Home

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Written By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
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Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard. Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all. Shuba lives with her husband, a Stanford cardiologist, and twin boys in the Bay Area.

It's Spring Cleaning Season! 

Spring cleaning is a great way to refresh your home and living space. However, for allergy sufferers, it may also be a challenging time. With all the dust, dirt, and pollen flying around, it's easy to trigger your allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. Here are some tips on how to support your allergies at home during spring cleaning.

  

Ways to support your allergies at home   

 

Wear protective gear

Wearing protective gear such as gloves, a mask, and goggles can help reduce your exposure to allergens, especially when cleaning. Wear gloves to protect your hands from harsh chemicals and irritants, a mask to filter out dust and pollen, and goggles to prevent eye irritation.

  

Open windows strategically

While opening windows can help freshen up your home, it can also let in pollen and other allergens. If you're going to open windows, do it strategically. Avoid opening windows in the bedroom. Otherwise, all of the outdoor pollen will come in through the window, get all over your bed, and cause you even more symptoms. You can also use an air purifier to filter out allergens.

  

Use non-toxic cleaning products

Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your allergies. Opt for non-toxic cleaning products such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. These natural alternatives are also  effective and won't trigger allergy symptoms.

  

Vacuum and dust regularly

Always wear a mask while dusting and vacuuming. Vacuuming and dusting regularly can help reduce the amount of dust and pollen in your home. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to capture allergens, and dust surfaces with a damp cloth to prevent dust from getting into the air.

Wash bedding and curtains

Wash bedding and curtains regularly to remove dust, pollen, and other allergens. Use hot water to kill dust mites and wash bedding  at least once a week. If you're sensitive to pollen, use a dryer or hang laundry inside to dry instead of outside.

  

Declutter regularly

Clutter can trap dust and allergens, so it's important to declutter regularly. Get rid of anything you don't need or use, and organize your belongings to reduce clutter. This will make it easier to clean and reduce the amount of dust and allergens in your home.

  

Seek professional help

If your allergies are severe, consider seeking professional help. An allergist can perform tests to determine what you're allergic to and recommend treatment options. A professional cleaning service can also help deep clean your home and remove allergens.

 

Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a nightmare for allergy sufferers. By taking the necessary precautions and following these tips, you can support your allergies at home and get your home in order at the same time.