Health Tip: Help Stifle Allergies03/22/13
(HealthDay News) -- A thorough cleaning of common living areas
can help reduce allergens in the home, improving allergy
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology offers
- Use dust-proof covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows;
wash all linens each week in hot water that is at least 130 degrees
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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