Nine ways to beat autumn allergies in your home

Do you or your children suffer from allergies? Read nine ways you can rid your home of allergens this autumn.

The arrival of autumn means that we start spending more time with the family indoors at home – and more time in the company of dust, pet and mould allergens.

For many children and parents this results in the unpleasant, and sometimes debilitating symptoms caused by allergies to these airborne particles.

However, there are many things you can do at home to help reduce you and your children’s reactions. Airborne allergies expert and creator of HayMax, Max Wiseberg has some useful tips.

“Avoiding the allergen is always key with any allergy, whatever it might be,” says Max. “If the allergen isn’t in your body, your body won’t react. Simple!”

Nine ways to beat autumn allergies in your home

Here are nine of Max’s favourite practical tips for reducing dust, pet and mould allergens around the home.

1) Vacuum often

Vacuum your house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to reduce the number of dust and pet allergen particles.

2) Damp dust

Damp dust surfaces regularly, to reduce allergens on surfaces whilst avoiding dispersing them into the air.

3) Wash your bedding

Wash bedding very regularly to remove allergens. Anti-allergy bedding made from ‘intelligent fibres’ can be very helpful for children and adults who suffer from dust mite allergies as they limit the growth of dust mite allergens and also keep them away from the skin.

4) Keep toys in cupboards

Keep your children’s cuddly toys and blankets in a cupboard to prevent the build-up of allergens on them.

5) Use an allergen barrier

Apply an organic drug-free allergen barrier balm such as HayMax around your child’s or your nostrils and the bones of the eyes in the morning, throughout the day and at night to trap dust, pet and mould allergens before they enter the body; less allergen, less reaction.

6) Don’t dry clothes on radiators

Avoid drying clothes indoors over a radiator, as this increases the humidity in your home and can result in mould, which releases tiny spores into the air that you breathe.

7) Shower at night

Shower at night before going to bed, to remove dust and pet allergens from your hair and body.

8) Groom pets

If you own a pet, ensure that it is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pet allergens and dust particles.

9) Use an air conditioner

Try using an air conditioner preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the dust particles, cool and circulate the air.

HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms, including HayMax Kids, retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett; selected Morrisons, Waitrose and Boots; independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores; on 01525 406600 and on their website

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