Doctor Oz knows that as the weather gets nicer outside, we start sneezing and getting runny noses and itchy eyes from the allergy season. With all of the allergens and pollen outside, you may think that your allergies are caused by these environmental factors, but did you know that the air quality in your home can be as much as 5 times as bad as the pollen and allergens in the air outside? Follow Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergist, and Dr Oz’s 3 step Anti-Allergy Attack Plan to stay allergy free all year long!
Anti-Allergy 3 Step Plan – Dr Oz
1. Destroy Dust Mites – Banish Dust Bunnies
You spend hours every day in your bed (around 1/3 of your day sleeping), which is likely covered in dust mites, which are the main ingredient in household dust. Even if you just got a new bed, within 2 weeks you can get up to 2 million dust mites in your mattress. You can’t see dust mites with the naked eye, but the feces that dust mites produce can cause your eyes to water, itch and turn red as well as to cause nasal congestion (stuffy noses) and coughing fits.
a) Use Dust Mite Covers on Mattresses & Pillows
By using a Mattress Cover Protector and Allergen Barrier Pillow Covers,which are under 10 microns and 100% cotton, you will be able to breathe easier at night.
b) Wash Bedding in Hot Water
When you wash your bedding, use water that is at least 130 degrees (I use the hottest water function my washing machine offers) so that you will kill the dust mites.
c) Tannic Acid Solution for Curtains & Upholstery
Use a Tannic Acid Solution or Anti-Allergen Dust Mite Spray to kill dust mites and pet dander in your upholstery (like couches and chairs) and curtains, which are not as easy to wash.
2. Keep It Clean
In addition to dust mites, there are other allergens that float around your home including pet dander from cats and dogs which many people are allergic to and can result in a runny nose, scratch throat, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion and even ear infections.
a) Dust, Sweep & Vacuum Once a Week
If you vacuum at least once a week, and this means not just the floor but also vacuum curtains, vents and blinds, then you will remove many allergens from your home. Make sure to use a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter vacuum, which will filter out even the smallest amounts of dust and pet dander.
b) Wear a Dust Mask
Whenever you clean your home, wear a Dust Mask to prevent yourself from breathing in the allergens and dust.
c) Use a Particle Trapping Dust Cloth
Instead of cleaning and dusting with a feather duster, which just makes the dust scatter throughout the air, use a Microfiber Cloth Dust Rags, which actually traps the dust in the cloth.
d) Measure Humidity with a Hygrometer
Mold and mildew cause allergic reactions, but also dust mites love moldy and mildewed environments. So keep a Hygrometer in your home to measure the humidity and moisture in your home. If you have a reading of 50 or above on your Hygrometer with a temperature of 70 or above, you should be concerned. If you find that you have a humidity problem, you should use a Dehumidifier.
3. Clean The Air
NASA found that the average home’s air quality is 5 times worse than the air outside, even with all of the pollen and allergens.
a) Use an Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter
You should use an Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter to keep your air as clean and allergy-free as possible. Another idea is to use lots of air filtering plants in your home, such as gerbera daisies, snake plants and fichus – which remove formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other indoor allergies.