The best way to treat any and all allergies is through avoidance. That’s right. Allergic to pollen? Peanuts? Pet dander? Your friend’s perfume? Your allergy symptoms will clear up once you are no longer in contact with the allergen.
While medications prescribed by your Houston allergist can help you deal with the symptoms, they do very little to treat the real problem. Below are a few simple things you can do to help reduce allergens in your home.
Keep doors and windows closed, especially on windy days and during pollen season, using air-conditioning when necessary.
Stay indoors as much as possible when pollen counts are high; if you must go outside, wear sunglasses to keep pollen from your eyes.
Encase your mattress and pillows in dust mite-proof cases. Wash all your bedding in hot water at least once a week.
Remove carpeting from your home and replace with an easy to clean material such as hardwood or linoleum. If the wall-to-wall carpeting cannot be removed, vacuum and shampoo the carpet regularly.
Use only washable window coverings, such as cotton or synthetic curtains.
During pollen season, keep your windows closed.
Get rid of clutter; this means removing any knickknacks that sit on tables collecting dust.