It’s Allergy Awareness Week, which promotes the well-being and health of allergy sufferers across the UK.
Allergies are actually very common, but people can react to them in very different ways, from a runny nose and watery eyes, to more severe rashes or anaphylactic shocks.
Common causes of allergies are pollen, certain foods like nuts and shellfish, materials such as latex, and common household chemicals.
Another common allergen are dust mites – those pesky blighters that nestle in your bedding and mattress.
How can you prevent dust mites from assembling in your bedroom? Here are 4 tips that’s that’ll help put them – and other common allergies - to bed…
Tip 1: Choose an Allergy UK approved mattress
When you’re shopping for a new mattress, keep an eye-out for those that have been certified by Allergy UK, which is the leading national charity dedicated to supporting people with allergies.
Tip 2: Keep it clean…
Dust mites don’t just settle in your bedding and mattress. Carpet is also a haven for the pesky blighters.
Make sure you regularly vacuum and keep your bedroom de-cluttered, reducing the amount of things for dust to cling to.
Also, keep a look-out for vacuums that come with a HEPA filter that’ll trap particles, including mould and allergens, so they can’t escape into the atmosphere around you.
Tip 3: You might not want to hear this…
...but your pet could be leading the dust mite invasion as they harbour allergens in fur, saliva and dead skin – which are catalysts for allergic symptoms.
Try to make your bedroom a pet-free zone – however hard that may be! If this thought is too much to bear, make sure you vacuum and clean regularly.
Tip 4: Mind the mould
Humid conditions and dampness encourage the growth of mould, which can cause a wide-range of symptoms and allergic reactions. Invest in a dehumidifier, which will help keep the air dry to beat the mould and clear the airwaves.