How to Allergy-Proof Your Home

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Allergens such dust, mold or pollen can make indoor spaces uncomfortable. Whether you have allergies year-round or only experience them during a certain season, there are steps you can take to reduce allergens in your home!

Allergy Symptoms

Common allergy symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, rash or hives. More serious symptoms include swelling in the mouth or throat and trouble breathing.2

Bedroom

  • Bedding: Use dust-mite proof covers on pillows, mattresses and box springs. At least once a week, wash pillowcases, blankets and sheets.1
  • Flooring: Limit the number of rugs in your home and wash any that are washable.1 If you have carpet, it is important to shampoo it frequently.
  • Air filtration: Using an air filter can aid against allergens. Make sure that it is a certified asthma and allergy friendly filter. Try choosing an air filter that has a small particle or high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA).1 

Living Room

  • Windows: Rely on air conditioning only during pollen season and close your windows. Clean any mold and condensation from window frames and sills.1
  • Curtains: Use washable curtains made of cotton or synthetic fabric.1
  • Fireplaces: Avoid use of wood-burning fireplaces or stoves because smoke and gases can worsen respiratory allergies.1

Kitchen

  • Stove: Utilizing a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and moisture can help reduce allergens.1
  • Sink: To remove mold and food debris, thoroughly scrub sink and faucets.1
  • Cabinets and counter: Check under-sink cabinets for any plumbing leaks and clean counters with detergent and water.1

Bathroom

  • Shower and tub: If there is any mold in or around the tub, scrub it with bleach. Clean or replace moldy shower curtains and bathmats.1
  • Toilet and sink: Repair any leaks and scrub mold from the plumbing fixtures.1

There are a few other ways you can minimize your exposure to allergens. When coming in from outside, remove your shoes and change clothing to rid of any allergens you may bring into the home. Additionally, shower before bed to remove any possible triggers such as tree, weeds, pollen, grass, or dander.

Tria Health Can Answer Your Medication Questions

If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you’re interested in exploring medication treatments for allergies, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

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Sources:

  1. Allergy-proof your home – Mayo Clinic
  2. Allergies and Allergic Reactions | AAFA.org | AAFA | Allergies

Tips for Allergy Season

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It’s official, spring is here! While many of us are excited about the rise in temperature, if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, you may be dreading what’s to come. Seasonal allergies can mean sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other unpleasant symptoms. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to minimize the effects and keep allergies under control.

Reduce Your Triggers1

Limiting your exposure to allergens can help reduce your overall symptoms. A few ways you can do so are:

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.

Keep Your Home Clean

While some allergens may still get into your home, there are many ways you can lessen their impact.

  • Limit the number of rugs in your home and wash any that are washable
  • Use air conditioning and utilize high-efficiency filters
  • Keep your indoor air dry with a dehumidifier

Explore Over-The-Counter Options

  • Oral antihistamines: Can help relieve sneezing, itching, a runny nose and watery eyes.
    • Examples include: Claritin, Alavert, Zyrtec Allergy and Allegra Allergy
  • Decongestants: Provide temporary relief from nasal stuffiness. Only use nasal decongestants for a few days in a row. Longer-term use of decongestant nasal sprays can actually worsen symptoms (rebound congestion).
    • Examples Include: Sudafed, Neo-Synephrine and Afrinol
  • Nasal Spray: Most effective when used before symptoms start and can ease most allergy symptoms.
  • Combination Medications: A combination of an antihistamine with a decongestant.
    • Examples Include: Claritin-D and Allegra-D

Tria Health Can Answer Your Medication Questions

If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you’re interested in exploring medication treatments for allergies, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Source:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/in-depth/seasonal-allergies/art-20048343