Allergy relief products are a multimillion dollar industry. A cornucopia of products is on display, giving allergy sufferers plenty to choose from. But how are you to know which allergy relief product works? And which one is just a marketing scheme? Check below for some tips and advice on what to look for the next time you’re in the market for allergy relief products.
Good for filtering any airborne allergens, air filters, however, do not include dust mite allergens. That’s because dust mites do not become airborne unless they have been disturbed by cleaning and vacuuming. Experts recommend a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter, which is available as standalone units or bundled with other allergy relief products. The filter can be placed anywhere, but they are most commonly used in the bedroom and as attachment to the air conditioner or furnace.
Dust Mite Control
Majority of dust mite control allergy relief products are in the form of powders and sprays. However, if you want a product that really works, check if it contains tannic acids. According to Dr. Richard Weber, a senior staff physician at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, tannic acids break down animal dander, cockroach allergens, and dust mite allergens found in carpets and furniture.
However, if you have two cats in the home, sprays may not work effectively. Tannic acids also may produce stain so they are not recommended for light carpets or fabrics. In the case of mites, allergy relief products that contain benzyl benzoate may offer some help.
For those who live in humid areas, dehumidifiers are a good investment. These allergy relief products especially work to help people who are dust mite and mold allergic as both of these allergens thrive in humid areas. By reducing the humidity in the home with the use of a dehumidifier, the allergen content gets reduced as well.
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” You probably heard that line before, but did you know that these bed bugs do more than bite you? They are allergens, much like dust mites are. One way to prevent an allergic reaction because of bug-infested bedding is to use mattresses and pillows that are encased with specially designed covers that prevent mite allergen from escaping.
This is a very practical solution to avoiding airborne allergens. While cleaning indoors or outdoors, dust found in the surface of your furniture or floor or the ground becomes airborne. To protect yourself from these allergens, wear face masks or other similar allergy relief products.
While vacuuming often is important to keep your house dust-free, the vacuum cleaner can be the worst offender for stirring up allergens. Use specially designed bags for the vacuum cleaner.
Allergy Test Kits
Another good allergy relief product to keep around is allergy test kits. Your house can be a very conducive place for allergens to accumulate. To find out how severe the allergens in your home are and protect yourself against these, use allergy test kits.
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