|Adjust the air conditioning|
Optimum temperature is 70°F during the day and 65°F at night. Setting an air conditioner on superfreeze may aggravate allergy symptoms. Optimum humidity is 40 to 50 percent.
|Spray tannic acid on your carpet|
Tannic acid is a compound found in tea, coffee and cocoa. Researchers have found it can chemically alter dust-mite antigens so they don't cause allergic reactions.
|Wash your bedding and linens in hot water every week|
Dust mites don't drown in the washer, and studies have shown that cool-water washes have no adverse effect on them. Hot water, on the other hand, can wipe them out.
|Wipe out mould|
Periodically, take a few minutes and a bucket of bleach mixed with water to clean bathrooms, basements, leaky windows, water vaporizers, humidifiers and hot-air systems. The bleach instantly kills mould.
|Discard old, mouldy or mildewed books|
Even "clean" books should be kept in a glass-enclosed cabinet say experts.
|Clean drip pans under refrigerators and freezers|
To keep mould to a minimum wipedown with bleach and consider adding a fresh chlorine tablet to the pan.
|Wash your hands|
Eye symptoms in allergy sufferers can be reduced by washing hands after handling pets, foods and other problem substances.
|Remove pets from the bedroom|
People spend most of their time at home in the bedroom. Cut your exposure to pet allergens by preventing your pet from visiting you in rooms where you spend a lot of time.
|Wear a mask|
If you mow the lawn, wear a mouth and nose mask to help reduce particulate exposure.
|Wash off pollen|
If you're covered with pollen even antihistamines won't help, so try partially washing yourself down with a hose. Make sure to shampoo your hair - it acts like a net, capturing windblown pollen.