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How to allergy-proof your house

How to allergy-proof your house

Are you sneezing? What about coughing and watering eyes? If you recognize these symptoms in you or a family member, you are probably one of the 20% Americans who suffer from allergies. You can be allergic to a lot of things, from pollen to strawberries, but staying inside the house is not an option, as your home is packed with potential allergens. Dust, mold, bed bugs and dust mites are only some of the factors which can lead to an allergic reaction. To make sure you are going to cut down the time you spend with a running nose, learn how to allergy-proof your house!

However, first check with the doctor and find out what you’re allergic to, then follow the next steps on how to remove pet dander, pollens and dust mites from your home.

Start with your own bedroom

Did you know our lashes are home to eyelash mites? Your bellybutton also has some guests, so it won’t come as a surprise to find out your bedroom is filled with allergens. First, there is dust, which contains the notorious dust mites and is a powerful allergy trigger, so first thing you need to do is vacuum and dust everything in the room. Pay attention to your pillows and mattress as well. Speaking of mattresses, they carry another common allergen: bed bugs. To reduce your risk of developing an allergy from these little guys, make sure you vacuum the mattress and spray it with a bed bug extermination spray.

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Use special dust mite covers and make sure you replace all the covers at least once a month.

No more rugs and drapes

The next step on your quest to allergy-proof your house is to replace the rugs, carpets and drapes. In fact, you have two options here: you can either replace them with new ones or simply give up on them for good. Carpets and drapes attract dust and pollen, so in time, they can become a real problem. Each time you step on the carpet or you drag the drapes, you are releasing the allergens into air.

If you can, give up on the carpet and replace it with a small rug, which can be cleaned easier; instead of drapes, put blinds or a type of window treatment which is compatible with frequent machine washes.

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If you live in an old house, the hardwood flooring might be a real problem: just like carpets, it becomes clogged with dust, dander, pollen and microscopic mites, which irritate your nose, eyes and throat. The solution: replace it as soon as possible.

No shoes rule

Each time you walk inside the house, you carry pollen, dust and other tiny debris on your shoes. To avoid spreading them all over the house, put a doormat inside the house and one outside the house. Apart from that, buy multiple slippers and have them near the door, so each time you or a guest comes inside, they can easily take off the shoes and leave them at the door, along with all those allergens.

Upgrade your vacuum cleaner

A vacuum with a HEPA filter can make wonders for cleaning and allergy-proofing your house: they can remove really fine particles of dust and debris. This means your house is going to be cleaner, so don’t neglect updating your vacuum if you have an old one.

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Change the air filters

When talking on how to allergy-proof your house one can’t stress enough on the importance of replacing the air filters. Your cooling system traps and circulates all those mites and disgusting particles which cause your allergies. In time, exposure to this cocktail of old dust, pollen and moulds, can increase your risk of developing asthma or another respiratory condition. To avoid this, replace the filters once or twice a year, making sure there is no foul smell coming from the AC system.

Watch out for those vents

When you are replacing the filters, you can also check where the air is being circulated: if your system is recirculating indoor air, via the attic, you’ve just found your biggest enemy. Replace the system with one able to take out the moist, heavy air from your house.

Mold issues

Mold is another huge culprit for allergies and it develops in wet, dirty places, like the back of the sink, the shower curtain and cracked tiles. Inspect your bathroom and kitchen and if you find a crack, seal it. Make sure the surfaces are always clean and dried off, to prevent mold formation.

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5 scary facts about the creatures you share your house (and bed) with

  1. Bed bugs know when you are asleep by measuring the carbon dioxide in your breath; they never come out in the day.
  2. Bed bug bites can lead to a violent allergic reaction with red, bright blisters.
  3. Dust mites live on your hair and skin.
  4. An average pillow increases its weight by 10% in six months all because the number of dust mites and their poop.
  5. Synthetic fabrics are a dust mite’s best friends, as they can trap moisture, making your bed a dust mite heaven: warm, moist and dark. Where does the moisture comes from? A person sweats about one litre during sleep.

Featured photo credit: paultom2104/Flickr via flickr.com

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Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

Common Sense

There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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Motorcycles

Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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Walking

People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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Final Thoughts

The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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