Post # 1
We are stuck living in an apartment with thick carpet (yuck!) until June and after that we are looking at places with hardwood floors. I’m really allergic to dust mites (50/50 on my allergy test.) We need to start vacuuming more (not sure how often) and I’m going to change our air filter today as well. We also might need to upgrade our vacuum and I think we have to throw out our plush couch and get one that’s leather or something. How do you manage your dust allergies?? Do you have an air purifier or? I’m pretty clueless on how to really manage these allergies (and I have asthma which makes everything worse.) I’d love to hear any advice!!
Post # 3
Don’t make your bed, or allow it to air out before doing it. Dust mites thrive on moist bedding. Allergy protectors for the mattress and pillows help. Get a humidifer/dehumidifer depending on the climate. Too dry is bad, and so is too humid.
Post # 4
I haven’t been tested but after months of sinus issues we really think allergens are the cause.
I’ve done a lot of little things and it has helped immensely!
I vacuum often. We upgraded our vacuum to an Oreck commerical grade and it’s amazing, I highly recommend it. It was about $200 but worth the money for us.
I dust often. Change the air filters more. Change our bedding more. I’ve started taking vitamins, and if I notice a sinus headache coming on I’ll take an allergy pill.
Also, this was the hard one. We have a cat and we try to give him baths, or as much as he will tolerate it… Pet danger is on their skin and is a huge allergen for some people.
It’s also a really good idea to take a bath/shower before you go to bed at night.
Post # 5
@sheepandbear: This is how I manage:
- Vacuuming often. I have a Dyson upright for the carpet and rugs which is amazing (expensive but seriously worth every penny), and a little Roomba robot vacuum for the floors. Vacuuming AT LEAST once per week will help tremendously. If you have a pet, especially if they have long hair/shed a lot, vacuum at least twice a week. (I had a dog for many years and this worked).
- Also, if you have a pet, don’t let them sleep with you in your bed. Dust mites will attach themselves to the dander that gets shed from your pet, and will get all in your bedding.
- When you dust furniture or other surfaces, don’t use a feather duster. Use a damp cloth or a Swiffer duster that will actually pick up the dust. Feather dusters just push it around and into the air, and that’s not good. Especially since you have asthma.
- Change your bed linens at least once a week, and wash them on the hottest setting. Use a mattress cover and pillow covers, and wash those at the same time.
- Flipping the mattress once every couple of months helps.
That’s about it. I hope you can get something out of all of that!
Post # 6
Definitely invest in a humidifier/air purifier. The humidity in the air will weigh down the dust, instead of letting it float around. The moist air is also better for your respiratory system. But get a good one with a moisture indicator…because mold could occur if it gets too moist, causing a whole other problem.
Post # 7
The air purifier. But I have allergies and dont have one. I live in a small town with no asthma or smog. But your vaccum and prob the purifier needs a true hepa filter. Many will advertise they have a hepa filter but it isnt a true one. I also have to taje all day allergy pills everyday. Bought protective covers that block out dust mites from my pillows and mattress. Dry your clothes hot or wash your clothes in hot. That hot.. that is because they do like a warm bed. Sometimes I would open my window and flip my blankets open. That kills them. U want to dust and vaccum often. They even have a dust mite killing type of powder u vaccum up but ive never used it. Just make sure u buy the right type of vaccum and air purifier for your allergy. Not everyone will do.
Post # 8
I have very mild dust allergies but my partner has a problem with his allergies. Here’s what helps us:
-we vaccuum at LEAST once a week, ideally twice. Our bedroom is hard wood, but we sweep in their at least once a week. We have two dogs (short hair) so that’s why the second time is very helpful.
-if you have pets, groom them regularly. I brush ours at least once a week. If it’s not super chilly, I brush them outside. If I brush them inside, I vaccuum right after.
-We have protective covers for our mattress and pillows
-a few times a year we wash our curtains. We shoudl do this more often, but we’ve been doing it about once a month lately. When I do this, I also make sure that I clean the ceiling fans
-Regularly dust and clean the rooms
-we have an air purifier and make sure that we change the filter often.
-Change the sheets and bedding once a week or so. I also wash and dry the pillows. I also wash the dogs’ bedding and blankets once a week or so.
-We no longer let our dogs sleep with us. This is hardest on me as 3 nights a week I sleep solo (my partner works 12 hour shifts at the hospital). So I cuddle them on the couch (And vaccuum it! haha). Occasionally they lay on the bed with us but are NEVER allowed under the covers or on the pillows any more (this really makes one of our dogs unhappy as he loves under all covers – so we got him his own blanket for the living room).