Depending on the severity of your allergies, many things around you might trigger an allergy attack. Our Little Rock Allergist at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center recommends these types of must-have cleaning products for patients who suffer from allergies.
1. A good vacuum
A vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter is a great product for indoor allergy sufferers, especially when combatting dust and pet dander. The HEPA filter traps incoming particulates so they don’t disperse back into the air. Look for vacuums with a dirt bin emptying system that avoids contact with the debris.
2. A hypoallergenic laundry detergent
If you have sensitive skin, allergies, or simply get red and irritated from time to time, your clothes could be exacerbating the situation. The best hypoallergenic laundry detergents are free and clear of any and all irritants — and there is more diversity in this growing detergent category than you might suspect. The added fragrances in laundry detergents can cause people to get an irritant contact dermatitis as well as headaches and nasal congestion. Free and clear laundry detergents are very effective in cleaning and tend not to cause the added adverse effects that fragrance products may cause.
3. A good air purifier
For patients who suffer from allergies and also those who have asthma possibly triggered by allergens, a good Air Purifier with a HEPA filter will be a welcomed addition in any environment. Most are small and portable units designed for a single room. The HEPA filter is excellent at trapping allergens such as dust and pet dander, as well as other irritants such as tobacco smoke and strong odors.
5. A good household cleaner
We want a household cleaner that disinfects while also not having abrasive smells, causing irritation in the nasal passages and airways. A plant-based cleaner, like a Seventh Generation product, is safe for a variety of surfaces while also being free of synthetic fragrances and dyes. A lot of companies have begun offering unscented, or less pungent, alternatives in their cleaners.
Talk to an allergist to learn more about allergy-sensitive products for your home and family. Remember, it’s important to be tested for allergies so you know what treatments are right for you. Our Allergist in Little Rock, AR can help you define and manage your allergies so you can get back to living your best life. Contact your Little Rock Allergist at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center today!