Allergy

Updated 23 June 2014

Make your bedroom allergy safe

Allergies and asthma occur across the age, sex and race spectrum. Are you a victim? Simple things that you can do in and around your home can make your life a lot easier.

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Allergies and asthma occur across the age, sex and race spectrum. Are you a victim? Simple things that you can do in and around your home can make your life a lot easier. Use the guidelines below to make bedrooms "allergy-safe" zones.

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Don't overfill your bedroom with furniture; choose light furniture with clean lines that can easily be cleaned and moved around; put books, CDs and toys in cupboards and keep cupboards and cupboard doors closed so that house mites do not settle inside; heaps of books, dried flowers, thick drapes and curtains all gather dust – limit the presence of these in a bedroom if you are unable to keep it spotlessly clean; tiles and loose mats are easier to keep clean than wall-to-wall carpets – choose short pile carpets or cotton mats that can be kept clean more easily than long pile carpets.

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