A change in seasons means warmer weather (for most) but an increase in allergies, too, and with so many of us now spending our days at home, albeit working, home schooling or both, you may be feeling more exposed to airborne sensitivities.
We're in the midst of Allergy Awareness Week, 20th-26th April 2020, so it's no surprise that the charity, Allergy UK, have been receiving calls to their helpline about managing, and understanding, the symptoms to allergies such as hayfever and asthma which has been exasperated by high pollen counts in the UK, already.
This can be backed up by a global YouGov survey, commissioned by Blueair, which found that 78% of people in the UK are worried most about dust in their homes (more than any other country surveyed). And, on top of this, about three billion people suffer from hay fever or allergic rhinitis, and up to 20% of the global population suffer from pet allergies.
If you're one who has been suffering from allergies then there may be a few things around the home which you can change to provide some relief from common allergy causes such as dust and pollen. Keep scrolling for some allergy relief options, then head over to our cleaning hub for some top tricks for spring cleaning.
1. Anti allergy pillows
A hypoallergenic pillow, or anti-allergy pillow, can put microscopic menaces which reside in feathers to bed. These types of pillows employ a design and material which is found to be less likely to attract dust-mites and trigger allergies. Only if a pillow is labelled as hypoallergenic or anti-allergy will it have been treated to combat these sensitivities.
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2. Dust-busting vacuum cleaners
OK so this is a big spend BUT it can be viewed as an investment because a good vacuum cleaner can be with you for many years. A vacuum cleaner for pets would be a good option in this instance because not only can it remove stray hairs from your clothes, flooring and furniture, they can tame pet dander (tiny flecks of skin) which can cause allergic reactions. Some models even come with an Allergy UK-approved HEPA AirClean filter which means that clean air is released back into the air.
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3. Wash away allergies with a washing machine
A washing machine is a mega useful appliance for ridding allergies from clothing and bedding, and is one which will usually last around 10 years if well maintained. Washing machines come in various shapes and sizes, so it's worth considering what drum size would suit your household, its energy efficiency and how smart it is (yep, this is something to consider)
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4. Refresh your mattress with an anti allergy mattress protector
Mattress protectors are not just for new mattresses, they're for old mattresses too which will help to keep it fresh and allergy-free. Often it's the construction and material used which makes them resistant to allergens and dust, making them a good, affordable choice for both allergy sufferers and pet owners who regularly return home to find a furry friend on their bed.
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5. Purify the air with a fan
Breathing clean air is essential for a healthy lifestyle and, for asthma and allergy sufferers, access to clean air can also help to reduce the need for medication. More and more fans now come with an integrated filter which makes the air circulating in your room a lot purer.
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