What is the best way to find relief during the allergy season? One simple one that is often overlooked is to create an allergy free oasis in your own home. The best place to do this is in your own bedroom, if you don’t have the time to prepare your entire house. You probably spend most of your time at home in the bedroom, so this is the place to start.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Washing all sheets and bedding once a week. Cleaning the blinds and vacuuming with a vacuum that has a good filter on it to remove allergens is a good way to start clearing out your bedroom. One of the first recommendations of allergists is to remove allergens from your home environment, but cleaning the entire house can be difficult.
Clean the Air
Put a HEPA air filter in your bedroom. Removing allergens from the air is very important. You will be going in and out of the bedroom and your ventilation system may be moving in air from other places as well. Try to keep the door closed to the bedroom and keep the air filter going 24/7.
Don’t keep your dirty laundry in the bedroom. Anything that has been outside may be contaminated with allergens. It is a good idea to take a shower at night before going to bed. Wash your hair with a hypoallergenic shampoo. In my experience, most people either have itchy eyes or sinus congestion as their main allergy symptoms. Whether it is the eyes or the sinuses that are irritated the most, the reason is the same. The allergens are irritating the tissue there and removing the allergens will help relieve the symptoms. You can use saline eye drops or nasal spray to “wash” these areas before you go to bed. I also recommend using a Neti pot to wash out the sinuses 3-4 times a week in the evening. This does a very good job at clearing out allergens and mucous. Your body creates the mucous to clean out the allergen, but the mucous often is cleared out as it should be. The Neti pot is a good way to help this process along.
By following all the steps above you can create an oasis where you can sleep through the night and not have to suffer. Let me know how it works for you. Have you tried any of these tips in the past? Have they worked? What other tricks do you use to protect yourself from allergens?