Avoid House Dust and Pollen and Stay Away from Symptoms

Prevention is better than cure and it is more than true in case of allergy. It is best to avoid allergy and symptoms due to allergy. It is therefore best to avoid allergens that cause allergic symptoms. Unfortunately it is easier said than done, especially it is too difficult to avoid house dust and molds, because they can be present in the cleanest of houses. Avoiding other allergens such as pets (do not keep pets), foods (do not eat the allergic foods) etc. may not be that difficult.

It is said that every individual is allergic to something and everything is allergic to somebody. So, there is high possibility that you may also be allergic to something. The common allergens are house dust, pollen, pets, mold allergy and allergy to various food items.

How to avoid house dust?

House dust is ubiquitous in nature, especially inside house. Dust allergy is mainly due to dust mites present in the house dust. Dust mites are microscopic insects/organisms that thrive and breed on dust. House dust as well as dust mites can be reduced the following ways:

  • Instead of using floor carpet, use wooden floor or marble floor without carpet or vinyl floor covering.
  • Clean your common furniture (tables, chairs etc.) and other accessories (such as cushions, soft toys, curtains, sofa covers etc.) with vacuum or by washing on regular basis.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, instead of ordinary vacuum cleaners, as they can remove more dust.
  • Wipe clean the surfaces (such as tables, floor and other furniture) with clean and damp cloth regularly.
  • Use air conditioner with dust filter.
  • Do not sweep your house, instead vacuum clean it or mope it with a damp moper. Concentrate your cleaning efforts in the rooms where you spent more time such as bedroom or living room or your study.

How to avoid pollen allergens?

Pollen is another common allergen. Pollen allergy also known commonly as hay fever, occurs due to release of pollen particles by trees and grasses and shrubs into the air, which you breath in. although different plants pollinate at different times, the most common pollination seasons are spring and summer. Hence, hay fever is also common during spring and summer. You can take following measures to reduce exposure to pollen particles you are allergic to:

  • Stay indoor as far as practicable, especially during high pollen concentration time, which you can find out from local weather report.
  • Do not dry your cloths outside, when pollen concentration is high.
  • Wear protective mask when going out, especially when pollen count is high. Also wear wraparound sun-glass to protect your eyes from exposure to high concentration of pollen.
  • Keep doors and windows closed during high concentration of pollen season, especially in morning and evening.
  • Take shower and wash your hair clean and wear new washed cloths after coming from outside.
  • Do not mow your own lawn, get some to do the job.
  • Avoid fields, parks and greasy areas.



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