According to scientists’ estimates, by 2020, one in two Europeans will face allergies. One of the most effective ways to fight allergies is to avoid contact with allergens. It is possible, among other things, to arrange a house or an apartment so that they are free of substances causing hypersensitivity. What materials are harmful to people with allergies? How to organize an interior for an allergic person? When and how to clean a space used by a hypersensitive person? Here are some tips that will help people with allergies to ease their daily ailments.
For people with allergies, especially sensitive to dust mites, chemicals, or inhaled pollens, the fundamental problem is the selection of appropriate finishing materials. It is crucial to know which ones are particularly discouraged for people with allergies. The problem can, for example, come from the emanations of paints, stains, varnishes, or impregnating products based on organic solvents. For this reason, it is preferable to opt for water-soluble, harmless paint products such as acrylic and latex. Formaldehyde and vinyl are also harmful, yet they are used in the composition of glues or varnishes used in the manufacture of floorboards, MDF, plywood or chipboard, but also wallpapers
Allergy sufferers should also avoid open shelves covered with trinkets that are real dust nests. It is also important to choose furniture for the living room, the dining room or the bedroom, these places where you spend the most time. Instead of cabinets or beds made of synthetic panels that can emit harmful substances for a long time, it is better to opt for wood, glass, or metal.
The interior of an allergic person’s home, including asthma or dyspnoea caused by contact with inhaled allergens, must minimize all types of textiles. What does this mean in practice? We can start with the elimination of carpets and rugs. These are an ideal place for the accumulation of pollen and pet hair, as well as for the development of mites.
In the bedroom, avoid wool and polyester that can cause contact allergies. It is best to use hypoallergenic duvets and pillows containing synthetic fillings or purified and certified down. If you have severe dyspnea or rash, you can invest in special bed covers for allergen-free bedding.
The home of an allergic person must have good air quality. How to ban pollutants such as smog, dust, animal hair, or pollen? The main thing is to wipe the furniture regularly, preferably every day, with a damp cloth, and to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, a water filter or – at best – a central vacuum that rids your home of harmful particles. In an allergic person, it is also important to ensure good ventilation.
So, the key to fight allergies is to develop and maintain a healthier and more natural atmosphere in your home.