10 Home Remedies for Allergies

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More than 50 million Americans experience some type of allergic reaction every year. Some have seasonal allergies that come in the spring, fall or both. Others experience year-round responses to dust mites and pet dander. Indoor allergens are more common than many realize.

Research shows eight out of every 10 people react to dust mites, and six out of 10 respond to pet dander, experiencing unpleasant symptoms. Limiting exposure is one way to reduce allergic reactions. However, once it occurs, some home remedies for allergies may relieve or reduce the symptoms.1‘AAFA.’ Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, www.aafa.org/allergy-facts/#:~:text=,2‘AAFA.’ Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, www.aafa.org/control-indoor-allergens/

HEPA Filters

One way to prevent problems with allergens is with HEPA filters and air purifiers. The high-energy particulate air filter removes dust mites, pet dander, mold, chemicals, volatile organic compounds and pollen from the air. These filters capture 99.97% of allergens.

Look for the MERV or minimum efficiency reporting values when purchasing the air filters. The ratings vary from one to 16, depending on average particle size efficiency. These can provide relief year-round with the right size air purifier. Individuals with regular allergies might consider a personal purifier with a quality HEPA filter for their bedroom.3‘What Is a HEPA Filter?’ EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 3 Mar. 2021, www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/what-hepa-filter-1


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