Modern Medicine makes allergy relief much more accessible than it was in centuries past. But it’s also possible and prudent to develop strategies for avoiding allergens as well. Here are a few allergies along with methods for avoiding them. If you’re unsure what substances you’re allergic to, Jivana Care offers allergy diagnosis testing.

Mold/Mildew

Mold grows in dark, moist, stagnant places. Naturally, plumbing is the most susceptible to it. On a day-to-day basis, you can prevent mold from growing in your sinks, toilets, and showers by:

  • Use all your bathrooms regularly.
  • Scrub them once every week or two.
  • Keep all surfaces exposed to the air. (Shower curtains, for example, have a tendency to stick to glass, metal, and tile. This creates a seal that allows mold to grow in the trapped moisture. Keeping the curtains clear of these surfaces will prevent this.)
  • Keep low humidity in the home.

Dust Mites

As we covered in the previous post, dust mites are nearly unavoidable and medication/immunotherapy is almost always necessary for Treating Dust Mite allergy. That said, it is possible to reduce your exposure to them. Check out The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website for more.

  • Wash any fabrics with which your body has contact in hot water: this includes pillow cases, sheets, blankets, clothes, and if possible, carpets and cushions.
  • Dispose of and replace fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water.
  • Sealing mattresses, pillows, and cushions within allergen-impermeable covers (these are special plastics that prevent dust-mites from embedding themselves in hard-to-wash articles.
  • Again, keep low humidity in your home.

Pollen

Pollen is another hard-to-avoid substance, even if it’s only seasonal. Avoiding it comes down to keeping yourself and your clothes clean every day and keeping your living space unexposed to it. Check out pollen.com for more strategies.

  • Lightly wash your face and hands after going outside.
  • Keep your house windows and car windows closed.
  • After returning home, shower and change clothes before sitting or lying down on beds or couches; this will keep them uncontaminated.
  • Minimize time spent outside, if possible.
  • Be particularly wary of mornings and hot, dry, and/or windy days.

Chances are, you’ve probably experienced irritation from at least one of these allergens. If you live in the Bethesda or DC Metropolitan areas, we encourage you to see our doctors and physicians about them. Ask them about additional strategies for reducing exposure to irritating substances.