Outsmarting Pregnancy Allergies

How Can I Reduce Indoor Allergies?

If you're a seasonal allergy sufferer, your symptoms will likely pass as winter nears. But if you're sniffling year-round, you're probably irritated by indoor allergens. Common culprits are mold, dust mites, roaches, and pet dander. You can reduce your exposure by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Also keep pets, if you have them, out of your bedroom. And bathe your pet once a week to reduce its dander.

Since you spend about a third of your day in your bedroom, take steps to reduce the number of dust mites there. Encase pillows and mattresses in covers that protect against dust mites, and wash bedding in water that is 130 degrees F. each week. Also, choose window shades instead of blinds, remove carpeting, and mop floors and windowsills weekly. Dust mites flourish when your home is warm and humid, so buy a humidity monitor to determine if you need a humidifier or dehumidifier (the humidity level should be between 30 and 50 percent).

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