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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

One Step Ahead Of Allergies

I always love spring; watching the trees being veiled with new green life, flowers popping up in the grass and yards, and the nice temperatures throughout the day, are very enjoyable to me.

There is one negative aspect to it though: allergies. It seems that over 40 million of people in the US alone suffer from allergies, but there are several things you can do to diminish the effect it has on you;

- Wipe your shoes thoroughly on a good doormat, or take off your shoes upon entrance. This will keep pollen, dust, and anything else which could aggravate the allergy out of your house.

- Replace your doormat every season; it will prevent any mold and mildew from building up and hence diminishes your allergy.

- Get rid of rugs which are soft and are high woven. They are gathering places for dust mites, mold, spores, pet fur and dander. Consider replacing them with tight woven sea grass or sisal rugs, or vacuum at least once a week with a vacuum cleaner which has a HEPA filter.

- The same goes for furniture; vacuum it well and often and wash slipcovers every week in order to reduce pollen and dust mites.

- If you can wash your drapes then do, because they can accumulate lots of dust and pollen. If you can't wash them, then vacuum them well or replace them with easier to clean blinds.

- Dust often to keep the dust out of your home. You can wear a mask while doing so and it may be in your advantage waiting to go in the room for about half an hour after dusting, so that the remaining dust has time to settle down.

- Wash bedding at least once a week in hot water to kill dust mites and dead skin cells. The last two will make your allergies worse. Dust mites are killed by water which is 130 degrees, but if you don't want to do that than you have the option to use an anti-allergen mattress wrap.

- Replace pillows at least once every two years; this will prevent any buildup which could make your allergies worse. Another option is to dry clean them.

- Get some plants; they clean the air and some even eliminate particular contaminants.

We all need air to live and the cleaner it is, the better. It may not always be possible to avoid an allergy, no matter how hard we try keeping it fresh and clean, but we certainly can ensure to clear the air where it is concerns others. :-)

1 Corinthians 14:9
So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.


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