Summer often isn't the favorite season for people who suffer from allergies. As flowers are in bloom, the onslaught of pollen can be overwhelming for sinus sufferers, forcing them to seek refuge indoors. However, it may surprise you to learn that if you have allergies, not even your home may be completely allergy free if you neglect to clean these allergy hotspots hidden in plain sight.
The Living Room
Everyone loves to kick their feet up and lounge on the sofa after a hard day, but stuffed furniture—which includes your couch, cushions, and pillows—is a favorite hiding spot of microscopic dust mites. It is recommended these items should be dusted and vacuumed weekly. Furniture that's stored in basements or attics also has the potential to grow mold. A humidifier is handy to have in places where mold is prone to grow to help reduce moisture. Carpets are also great hiding spots for dust mites. While dust mites won't directly attack your sinuses, their feces can trigger allergies, which is why it's important to vacuum any rugs or indoor carpeting frequently.
Skin cells are shed daily and it's something that can't be avoided. Dead skin cells trapped in bedding also attract dust mites, so switch out your bed sheets weekly. For added sinus protection, you can also add allergen-proof casings to your mattress, box spring, and pillows for extra allergy protection. If you have pets, it is a good idea to restrict them from getting on the bed so that they won't shed on your sheets.
Mold and mildew love damp places. Not only are they unsightly to look at, but mold spores can also trigger sensitive sinuses. There's not much you can do to prevent a bathroom from getting wet, but you can minimize mold growth by remembering to clean those hard-to-reach places such as beneath the sink. Leave a vent or window open when you shower, and use a bleach solution to clean the bathroom tiles. You can also dry up any wet surfaces with a spare rag because mold loves standing water.
Other Hiding Spots
Dogs and cats can bring joy to a household, but animal dander, saliva, and urine are also allergy triggers. If your pet has a sleeping area, clean it as often as you would your own bedding and be extra diligent in vacuuming the household for animal fur. Dust mites and creatures called book lice also love dust from old books, so be sure to dust and vacuum your bookcases, too. Besides keeping your home tidy, you can also build up your sinuses and immune resistance with supplements. You can't totally prevent allergens from entering your breathing passages, but with a stronger immune system, they might not hit you as hard if your body is ready for them.
- 10 Hidden Allergy Hotspots in Your Home. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/parenting/simple-family-life-9/slideshow-allergy-home
- Kovacs JS. The New Allergy Zones. ABC News. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/AllergiesNews/story?id=7354181