When using First Aid, rescue personnel focus on breathing as one of the most important steps in assisting an injured or ill person. This is because healthy breathing is an essential health issue. Why do many people live in unpleasant conditions that affect their breathing and overall health? They may not realize that help is available. They may not know that they can do something about their situation.
Allergies often run in families and so if the adults experience allergy symptoms, so do their children. If this is the situation in your home, then helping everyone experience easier breathing should be a top priority.
Nature Comes Calling
Many sources of allergens live right in our homes. Dogs and cats produce allergens, but many families love their animals. How do you deal with this? Here are some suggestions:
- Remove heavy curtains and carpeting
- Groom animals frequently
- Have a regular cleaning schedule to remove dander
- Consider animals with fewer allergen issues
- Rely on professional carpet cleaning
Pets aren’t the only source of allergens in your house. Pollen blows in through open windows and gets tracked in on shoes. If you’ve ever hung laundry outside or spent the evening enjoying a fire pit, you unintentionally collected pollen and other particles on your clothing. Practice laundering after outdoor events, and keep shoes near the door rather than wearing them throughout the house.
Children And Their Spills
If you have children in your home, then you have accidental spills. As a busy parent, you may not even know about some accidents, or you simply can’t clean them up right away. A spill can become more than just a stain on your carpet.
It can become a source of trapped moisture hidden beneath your carpeting. A professional cleaning will prevent these problem areas from becoming a source of mold or mildew. You can take other steps as well:
- Restrict food and drinks to certain parts of the house
- Teach younger children to let you know if there’s been a spill
- Teach older children how to clean up little messes immediately
- Place smaller rugs over the carpeting in areas where children spend their time
- Use stain guard carpeting and furniture
In handling allergen issues in your home, develop a system where the entire family helps out. Remember to ask for professional help, too.
Once you’ve gotten used to the routine, preventing allergens in your home will be part of daily life. And so will healthy, easy breathing.