Allergies Checklist

A: Air-condition your home.

B: Bathroom mold and mildew can cause allergy symptoms; scrub sinks and fixtures regularly.

C: Cats and dogs can cause runny eyes and sneezing. If you have pets, brush them outside daily. Use a bristle brush if your pet has a short coat, use a shedding blade and a flea comb if your pet has a medium-length coat, and use a shedding blade and a wire bristle brush if your pet has a long coat (better yet, keep the long coated breeds clipped) Talk to your doctor about pet allergen testing, shots, desensitization, and other new technology.


D: Damp mop hard surface floors at least once a week.

E: Enclose your fireplace; avoid smoke and fumes and don't store wood indoors.

F: Fluff-dry drapes, curtains, and small rugs in your dryer to keep them dust-free.

G: Go see your allergist regularly.

H: High-efficiency, non-electronic, ozone-free air cleaners can remove up to 99% of airborn contaminants from circulation. Get one for your home or office.

I: Invest in an efficient kitchen exhaust fan.

J: Junior's fabric toys can trap dust and other irritants -- keep them clean.

K: Keep emergency medication handy, but out of reach of small children.

L: Leave trees and planes alone during allergy season, or wear a surgical mask to reduce the pollen you inhale.

M: Mattresses should be vacuumed regularly (be sure to pay particular attention to the seams) Pillows and other bedding should be made of non-allergenic synthetic fibers.

N: Notify the school nurse and teachers of your children's allergies and symptoms. Provide emergency phone numbers if your child has a serious problem with allergies.

O: Outdoor activities should be minimized during allergy season. Stay indoors in an air-conditioned area whenever possible.

P: Proper relative humidity during the winter provided by a central humidifier will alleviate itchy skin and skin allergies.

Q: Quit smoking! It's needless irritation for eyes, nose, throat, and lungs -- yours and others. I will celebrate my 16th anniversary of kicking the habit March 27th.

R: Replace or clean air cleaner, air conditioner, and furniture filters as needed.

S: Stay away from odorous chemicals and perfumes. Avoid industrial areas and high-traffic areas too.

T: Tile your kitchen and bathroom floors; rugs and carpets trap allergens.

U: Use wood or vinyl furnishings rather than those with heavy upholstery fabrics.

V: Vacuum your entire house weekly. Use Swiffer-like dusters on bookshelves, blinds, window sills, and above doors before you vacuum.

W: Windows and doors should be shut completely and sealed shut.

X: X-tra care is needed during summer months.

Y: Year-round attention is important to allergy relief.

Z: Zip right through the allergy season with symptom relief using common sense and all these preventative tips.

Source: Mostly Heloise, the goddess of hints and tips, as well as a few of my own. =)

By Laura from Long Beach, CA


March 9, 20140 found this helpful

Dust mites are an allergen. Try 'Good Night' by Spray Way, a odorless aerosol spray that kills dead! - bed bugs, dust mites, lice, ticks & fleas. Wonderful! Got rid of bedbugs (inherited with a used bed) and use as maintenance measure for dust mites.

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