Health Tip: Help Stifle Allergies
(HealthDay News) -- A thorough cleaning of common living areas can help reduce allergens in the home, improving allergy symptoms.
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology offers these suggestions:
Use dust-proof covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows; wash all linens each week in hot water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Vacuum carpets at least once weekly; make sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA or small-particle filter. Your central heat and air systems also should have filters that are changed monthly.
Mop hardwood floors and wash any rugs each week; wash curtains each season.
Run the air conditioner and keep windows closed when pollen counts are high. Use a diluted bleach solution (wear a mask) to clean mold and condensation from window sills and frames.
Use plastic bins in which to store toys, games and stuffed animals.
Keep humidity in your home at no more than 50 percent, and keep the temperature no higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Control rodent and insect infestations.