Allergy-Proof Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. If you have asthma and also suffer from allergies, you can make your home a haven, too, by removing dust mites, mold and smoke. Follow this checklist from The Asthma Sourcebook by Francis Adams, MD, to allergy-proof your home and breathe easier.

 

To reduce mold:

  • Keep humidity levels at 30 to 50 percent with a dehumidifier.
  • Use a mold-remover spray on bathroom walls, window sills, air conditioners, humidifiers and plant soil.

 

To reduce dust mites:

  • Remove carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture.
  • Cover mattresses, pillows and box springs with zippered covers.
  • Wash bedding in hot water once a week.
  • Wash stuffed animals.
  • Use a HEPA air filter.

 

To reduce indoor pollution:

  • Ban smoking from your home.
  • Avoid gas and wood stoves and fireplaces.