Get Rid of Secret Allergens Lurking in Your Home
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Chronic allergies can seriously influence the quality of your lifestyle. You may think that you’re safe just because you’ve never had an obvious allergic reaction before, but the reality is different. Anyone can develop allergies regardless of their age, especially when exposed to allergens all the time. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, your home is the biggest source of potential allergens. In order to get rid of them, you also need to be aware of different aspects that may trigger an allergic reaction in you or your family members.
1. Fabrics you tend to overlook
We all regularly vacuum precisely because we want to get rid of dirt and other potentially dangerous particles that can accumulate in rugs and carpets. However, dust, pollen and other allergens can also gather in other fabrics in your home.
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Basically, your curtains, decorative pillows, sofa covers as well as stuffed toys can cause some serious breathing problems. In that respect, regularly washing, vacuuming and even steam vacuuming these items can efficiently prevent an allergic reaction. This is especially true for objects that you keep for sentimental reasons and don’t actually use that much.
It’s really tempting to go over the surface of your bookshelves and books with a mop or cloth when cleaning, without actually taking the books out and cleaning each one separately. However, books also accumulate various particles that can easily cause an allergic reaction, regardless of whether you’re an avid reader or not.
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Even the smallest amount of books on a bookshelf that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned for a while can trigger some type of allergy, let alone larger book collections. Therefore, if you care both for a written word and your health, make sure to thoroughly clean your books and other important papers that you have lying around.
3. Scented candles
Is there anything more cozy and pleasant than a scented candle you can light to your heart’s content? People generally look for candles that are strong enough to make their entire home smell nice. However, precisely these candles can be major allergy triggers. Essentially, paraffin wax candles can be very dangerous for your health. If you don’t want to risk your health, but you still want to light scented candles, opt for soy scented candles instead of paraffin ones.
4. Leaky roof
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Do you have an issue with a leaky roof? Just because you may not see the damage right away, it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. The moisture that can accumulate in your home if you ignore your roofing problems can cause mold to appear. Additionally, mold can cause various allergic reactions such as coughing and sneezing, a runny nose and irritated eyes. It’s essential that you proceed with a proper leaky roof repair if you want to keep your home in good condition and both you and your household safe from allergies.
5. Springtime flowers
Adding a touch of greenery to your home interior is always recommended. However, once the spring comes, it’s important that you pay special attention to what type of flowers you want to use as a home décor. No matter how beautiful some flowers are, if they can trigger allergic reactions with their pollen you should never keep them in your home. Luckily, there are plenty of hypoallergenic plants you can bring into your interior without worrying about these issues. Therefore, choose your flowers carefully.
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As you can see, if you’re prone to allergies or want to minimize the risk of allergic reactions, you need to make sure that your personal environment is free of allergens. In order to do that, you should consider every possible trigger, and not just the obvious ones. Regular and thorough cleanup of your home, as well as some attentiveness to home details and structure can effectively help you fight allergies this season.