Apr 04, 2018
by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans, and are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the US, according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. (1)
Exactly what happens when your body has an allergic reaction?
When your body reacts to an allergen, your immune system views the allergen as harmful and overreacts to it. The video below explains further.
One important way to alleviate allergies is to rid allergens in your home. This room by room guide will help.
Bedrooms have allergens in the form of dust and chemicals that create an allergy-like reaction.
Dust mites—found in mattresses, pillows, furniture, and carpets—are the most common cause of year-round allergies. (2) While exposure to dust can’t be avoided completely, there are easy ways to minimize exposure.
Dust in our living rooms, family rooms, and toy rooms often contain allergens. However, you can minimize dust mites in these rooms in the following ways:
Kitchens and bathrooms are considered high moisture areas of the home that often contain vinyl and plastic products, such as vinyl flooring, vinyl shower curtains, vinyl-backed bath mats, and plastic food and drink containers. What does this have to do with allergies?
Vinyl and plastics, along with fragranced candles, scented plastic garbage bags, cosmetics, deodorants and antiperspirants, and moisturizers are made with chemicals that may trigger allergies.
House dust is created from normal wear and tear of typical products found in the home—like furniture, curtains, electronics, plastics, and more. (3) Not only does house dust contain tiny particles of these materials, it also contains the chemicals found in our products—chemicals like arsenic, lead, phthalates, flame retardants, and pesticides. (4)
In fact, “over 100 potentially toxic metals, pesticides, other carcinogens, other neurotoxins, allergens, and EDCs have been identified in house dust,” according to “Monitoring and Reducing Exposure of Infants to Pollutants in House Dust,” Roberts et al. (2009). (5)
While you may not be able to fully de-allergen your home, by following these tips you willo reduce the amount and find some relief from year-round allergies!
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