Allergy Preventables

If you’re like me and get allergy shots every ten days, there are still things you can do to make your life easier at home when it comes to these nasty bugs.

Use a dustbuster and keep batteries charged. (Source: Dr. Robert Fenton).

On the bed cover with hypoallergenic blankets, pillows, sheets, and pillow cases, use anti-dust mite bedding, mattresses, encasings, mattress toppers, protective covers, box spring encasings, keep your car vacuumed, and have two pet sponges to remove pet hair. You can buy the latter at Linens n’ Things. If you can afford it, get a Hepa Air Cleaner, take sleep supplements at night, and wash all non-encased bedding in hot water at a temperature of at least 140 every ten to 14 days.

Buy a mold tester for the home, only have hypoallergenic plants inside, bathe pets weekly if you don’t want to get rid of animals, use allergy-free soaps and towels, and avoid foods that allergist tells you you’re allergic to.

Take things to the next level by getting set up with a water purifier. Barix has some great reviews you can check out to determine the best option to fit your unique needs.

If you have the money, shop at your local health food store, take allergy pills if they’re still working and you can’t afford shots, flea bomb the house without pets present, and treat your yard for fleas. (Source: National Allergy).

Use filters over incoming vents or use a whole house furnace filter. Have only wood, leather, vinyl, or rattan furniture.

If you don’t have a nebulizer, get one like the Aeroneb Go Portable Nebulizer Compressor found at, a Doser Inhaler Usage Counter (see, a Whistle-Watch Peak Flow Meter (look it up at, or an OptiChamber Inhaler Spacer also found at (Source:

If you’re familiar with Flovent, the popular asthma medication, the company who makes the product released a new formulation of it called Flovent HFA two years ago. You can find out about it at (Source: Shane McGlaun).

For those who own a nebulizer, it’s important to keep it clean to keep them working efficiently and reducing the chances of infection from dirty equipment. It usually takes at the most 30 minutes to clean.

Use Nasonex nasal spray which you can get samples of from your allergist if you can’t afford to pay for it. Always make sure, too that you stay on schedule with your allergy shots.

Sweep and dust the house regularly. (Source: Dr. J.M. Garmendia).

Make your cigarette-smoking friends partake in their habit outside.

Plan your defense against winter’s bugs by eating well, exercising, not smoking, and getting plenty of rest to make your body strong.

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