How to Allergy Proof Your Home

The substances that trigger allergies are called allergens.

Take the Home Allergy Quiz

The substances that trigger allergies are called allergens. Examples include pollens, dust mites, molds, dander, and certain foods. How much do you know about allergy-proofing your home? Take this MedicineNet quiz and test your knowledge.

Will dusting with a damp cloth lead to better home allergy relief?

Home Allergy Quiz - Question 1

Damp dusting using a dampened cloth or an oiled mop will minimize the distribution of dust through the air.

1. True or false?
Damp dusting using a dampened cloth or an oiled mop will minimize the distribution of dust through the air.

True:

Damp dusting using a dampened cloth or an oiled mop will minimize the distribution of dust through the air. Damp dusting helps eliminate allergens in the air.

Does proper bed placement affect home allergy relief?

Home Allergy Quiz - Question 2

Space heaters are preferred over hot air ducts.

2. True or false?
Beds should be placed near air vents for good air circulation.

False:

False: Space heaters are preferred over hot air ducts. In homes with forced air heat, use filters or damp cheesecloth over inlets to reduce dust circulation and change them every two weeks. Consult your physician about home allergy filters. It's best to keep beds away from air vents.

Are pollen allergens worse in the evening?

Home Allergy Quiz - Question 3

Grasses, weeds, and trees tend to pollinate during the early morning hours.

3. True or false?
Grasses, weeds, and trees tend to pollinate during the late afternoon and early evening.

False:

Grasses, weeds, and trees tend to pollinate during the early morning hours. Install central air conditioning or window units to avoid pollen exposure. Keep windows closed, especially during periods of high pollen counts and windy conditions. Sleep with the windows closed.

Should you encase your pillows, mattresses, and box springs to minimize indoor allergies?

Home Allergy Quiz - Question 4

Use allergen-proof encasings for pillows, mattresses, and box springs.

4. True or false?
Allergen-proof encasings should be used for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Tape over zippers to help prevent leaks.

True:

Use allergen-proof encasings for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Tape over zippers to help prevent leaks. Vacuum all casings frequently. Store nothing under the bed.

Should you get rid of upholstered furniture if you are trying to get rid of allergies?

Home Allergy Quiz - Question 5

When choosing furnishings, it is best to go with wood, leather, vinyl, or rubberized canvas furniture and avoid upholstered pieces.

5. True or false?
When choosing furnishings, it is best to go with wood, leather, vinyl, or rubberized canvas furniture and avoid upholstered pieces.

True:

When choosing furnishings, it is best to go with wood, leather, vinyl, or rubberized canvas furniture and avoid upholstered pieces. Upholstery easily traps allergens and is much harder to clean. You might try washable slipcovers on existing upholstered furniture.

Should you install blinds for home allergy relief?

Home Allergy Quiz - Question 6

Install roll-up washable cotton or synthetic window shades.

6. True or false?
Venetian blinds and mini-blinds should be used to allergy-proof your home.

False:

Install roll-up washable cotton or synthetic window shades. Avoid venetian blinds, mini-blinds, and pleated shades, which may trap dust and aggravate allergies in the home.

Should you avoid foam rubber to minimize mold allergy?

Home Allergy Quiz - Question 7

Use Dacron or other synthetics for pillows.

7. True or false?
Foam rubber should be used to avoid trapping moisture which promotes mold and dust mite growth.

False:

Use Use Dacron or other synthetics for pillows. Avoid feathers or foam rubber, which traps moisture and promotes mold and dust mite growth. Synthetic pillows are best for those who have dust allergy.

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