Dr Oz: Hidden Home Allergy Causes
With this year poised to be the worst Allergy Season in memory, you want to do everything you can to minimize your symptoms. You may know what’s setting you off outside at the park or on the drive to work. But did you know that hidden allergens are lurking inside your house?
Doctor Oz went through the average home to help us ferret out the allergy causes we don’t know are in our paths each day.
One audience member, Camille, said she has problems with allergy symptoms year round, and she regularly takes medicines to help balance her allergy problem.
Dr Oz: Are You Allergic To Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are gross, disgusting, and seemingly indestructible. Did you know that they travel in packs? If you see a Cockroach in your home, Dr. Oz said there are probably 800 more in your walls. That’s no good.
You should search for them in corners and nooks in your home. Dr. Oz even suggested dusting off the blender in your pantry to check for any stowaways.
Doctor Oz: Bay Leaf for Cockroaches
These disgusting, unwanted houseguests do have an Achilles’ Heel: Bay Leaves. They irritate the Cockroaches, and you can leave them in corners or crannies where you suspect Cockroaches are congregating.
Another anti-cockroach approach is sprinkling Boric Acid in your cabinets and corners, but you’ll want to ensure that pets and kids can’t get at the dangerous chemicals.
Dr Oz: Dust Mites
Dust Mites are tiny living organisms that set up camp in your pillowcase, your mattress, or even the carpet. Thank goodness for hardwood floors.
Dust Mite symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and other classic allergic reactions. To get rid of them, you can use Pillow Covers and Mattress Covers to protect your bedding. Also, wash your linens in 130 degree water, and dry them on hot for at least 45 minutes, to kill the Dust Mites.
Dr Oz: Mold Allergy Solutions
Mold Spores can upset your allergies if they become airborne. They can also get into your drains, polluting and spreading through your home.
The best way to get rid of them is to clean your tiles and walls with soap and water. You’ll want to protect yourself with gloves and maybe even a respirator while you’re treating mold in your home.
Proper ventilation is also key in preventing mold accumulation.
Dr Oz: Fruit Skin Allergies
If you are a fruit fan, you may have never thought these healthy snacks could be causing your allergy symptoms. But apples, peaches, and pears all contain properties similar to pollen that can activate your allergies.
To avoid this problem, you should choose dried fruit instead, or simply peel your fruit before enjoying it. You could also nuke it in the microwave for 30 seconds, which is long enough to kill allergens.
But then you would have warm fruit, which sounds like it’s gross in a different way. Your results may vary.