A runny nose, headache, difficulty breathing? For many, Melbournians these symptoms are commonplace and while some months are worse than others, allergies seem to have a stranglehold over our lives.
Common indoor allergens, which affect both the eyes and nasal passages, include dust mites, mould and mildew or even cockroach remnants. Fragrances can also cause adverse effects – and its not just at home!
In a survey of more than 1,000 Australians, nearly 8 per cent said they had lost workdays or a job because of exposure to allergens in the workplace.
While medication or natural treatments may help you breathe easier, removing or reducing your exposure to the allergen is the best way to manage this condition.
Here are our top 5 tips to reduce allergens:
1. Dust and clean regularlY
Dust once or twice a week with a wet cloth. Make sure to wipe down all surfaces thoroughly and then wash the cloth at a high heat or throw it out.
2. Control the pests
Along with dust mites, cockroaches and other pests need to be eliminated as their droppings can trigger allergic reactions. Store all food in tightly sealed containers and remove food waste from the house regularly. As chemicals also exacerbate allergies, natural is best when it comes to getting rid of household invaders. All of our products used within the home are child and pet friendly. Any baits used for rodent management are secured in lockable bait stations to avoid being found by curious pets.
3. Go green
Many chemicals and toxins used in conventional cleaning products can trigger or intensify allergy and asthma symptoms. Look after your health by choosing green cleaning products with natural or plant-based ingredients. We prefer to use safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly products where possible.
4. Close the windows
While opening up your windows is a great way to let more oxygen in, it’s also a surefire way to bring irritating pollen in too! During pollen season, make sure to close your windows and doors. And once pollen season is over make sure you thoroughly clean your window tracks as dust and muck can get stuck there.
5. Invest in an air purifier
If you have made all of the above changes and are still suffering from indoor allergens, investing in an air purifier may be necessary. Make sure to choose one with a HEPA filter and clean the filters regularly. Remember to close any windows and doors before using your purifier as it will be rendered ineffective otherwise!