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.