You can also try Tencel sheets. They're made from eucalyptus fiber, which repels dust mites, who don't like to live on them.
If you have to have carpets and rugs, and you don't want to vacuum everyday, consider getting a Roomba or other brand of vacuum robot. You can find them on craigslist and ebay for cheap. They are good for everyday vacuuming, even if you still need to use a more powerful vacuum once or twice a month.
Also, whatever kind of floors you have, don't wear your shoes in the house. It spreads pollen and mold spores everywhere you step.
This was really good. Got the same info from my allergist. I found another thing that helps. After returning from outside wash your eyebrows, eyelashes, inside your nose and around your mouth. This has helped reduce the number of episodes of allergy setbacks. I hope that this helps someone.
6/14/2013 9:55:26 PM
Some good tips but banish my four hairy children (dogs) from my bedroom? No way.
We have wood floors but I still have to take shots. I make sure to dust ceiling fans and try to remember to dust the blinds....I honestly forget though. What do you use to spray the stuffed animals? Would love to know. We hate taking unnecessary meds if we don't have to.
11/16/2012 2:12:08 PM
Haha this type of articles always make me chuckle. I'm severely allergic to dust but can only afford to live in a dumpy carpeted apartment. And vacuum every day? No normal person who works has that amount of time. Ah well.
How about instead of leaving your pet outside more, you get tested to see if your pet is causing allergy issues and then get shots if that will help? A family pet is exactly that, a part of the family. I have terrible allergies because of my animals, but I made a commitment to them, and that commitment should be honored.
We took up the "plush" carpeting (what was I thinking when I selected it when our house was being built?) We then had hardwood installed in the master bedroom - last fall - at the advice of my allergist.
What a huge difference! I thought I had it vacuumed really well - should have seen the dust flying when the installers pulled it up! Not only does it look better - I do not have the congestion when I wake in the morning. Our next home will be all hardwood flooring.
7/16/2011 2:00:24 PM
We're in the process of removing all carpeting in the house and replacing it with tile - I live in the Southwest and hardwood floors aren't good here. The humidity is too low. I once thought that moving from the humid & pollen-filled Northeast to a drier environment would help my allergies. It did for a while, but I developed allergies to the local flora. They aren't as bad, but I'm not allergy free.
We found some great things along the journey to getting our daughter healthy and it doesn't involve hot water which seems to shrink everything and costs a fortune to use. We use products that are safer for the environment and for us. We still have plastic on the mattress but we spray her bedding and stuffed animals with a spray that dustmites don't like but we do. Great stuff. We've also done different things to avoid destroying her immune system while building it up using healthy foods and supplements. She is completely off her expensive, side-effect filled drugs.
It was a long and painful journey but what a blessing to have a healthy little girl again.
Allergies can be so tough! But at least there is hope.
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