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Common Problems and Solutions for Allergies


A personís age, level of fitness and many other factors influence his or her degree of health, but there are common sense guidelines that can improve and repair anyoneís immune system.

Cleanliness is the best defense against allergens in your home environment. The Asian custom of removing shoes 

before entering the home is a good habit to adopt, since many toxic substances are tracked into houses through the soles of shoes. Slippers and other shoes that can be easily put on can be designated as indoor shoes.

Take a good look around the inside of your house for possible allergens. Vertical blinds and heavy curtains can harbor dust mites. Remove all carpeting, since vacuuming cannot remove allergens. Wood, tile and linoleum are all good alternatives to carpets. If you have rugs, wash them weekly at high temperatures to inhibit the proliferation of dust mites. If removing your carpeting is not an option, you can reduce allergens by using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (high efficiency particle air) filtration unit. In addition, choose low-pile carpeting, so the dust mites have less room to burrow down into the fibers. Furniture can also be a source of dust mites, and should be frequently vacuumed. Do not buy overstuffed furniture, wood and leather are better materials for chairs and sofas and avoid buying any bedding or pillows that contain down. Humans shed over a gram of skin cells each day, which make up much of the household dust and can be removed by vacuuming at least twice a week.

Replace all air filters in your home frequently. A HEPA air purifier system can help remove allergens from your home, including mold and household dust. Air ducts should be cleaned at least once a year. Wash your walls regularly. Wear a face mask when housecleaning and working in the yard. Shower after each time you garden or mow the grass, since pollens and other allergens can cling to hair, skin and clothing. Wash all childrenís toys often, as well as their toy boxes and shelves. Wipe frequently touched surfaces, such as keyboards, purses, door and drawer handles with antibacterial cloths.

Emotional wellness is often overlooked when changes are being made to improve a personís quality of life, although we all know how stress can damage the body and interfere with the healing process at a cellular level. Numerous studies showed that friendships and other close relationships and regular contact with people, even if itís just a wave or a smile, can promote wellness. Evaluate your closest relationships and see if you can make any positive changes that will, in turn, make you happier and healthier.

Adequate sleep is also important for a healthy immune system. Deep, sound sleep not only repairs cells, it also stimulates our immune systems. Regular exercise also promotes health, as does laughter, which reduces the level of stress hormones and increases infection-fighting antibodies.


Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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