by Masni Rizal Mansor
A wide variety of allergy control products are available both online and in stores. The selection can be mind-boggling and confusing. Depending on your type, or types, of allergies, some items can be good purchases while others will be less than effective.
There are several factors to keep in mind when being a smart consumer of allergy control products. Cost, effectiveness and number of items needed are all things that you should consider.
Unfortunately, a lot of allergy control products are expensive. But you can use the Internet to find items being sold at a discount, but beware of items like HEPA filters, that you might find being sold for much less than youve seen elsewhere. Sometimes you do get what you pay for, and quality can be low.
Be sure to use reputable online stores and brick-and-mortar businesses. Ask your doctor where he suggests shopping for things like nonirritating cleaning supplies, dust mite covers and non-allergenic air conditioner and heating filters.
Stick with items your doctor or allergist suggests. If you try an allergy control product they dont recommend and it seems to help with your symptoms, great. However, your doctor will know what has been effective for his patients in the past and he wont want you to waste money.
There are quite a few debates about which allergy control products are effective. HEPA filters are often compared to air ionizers. Some experts say mattress and pillow covers are effective against dust mites, but the special bedding and sheets are not. Be sure to do your homework and do lots of research before ordering any allergy control product you are not familiar with.
Number of Items Needed
To get the closest you can to an allergen-free home, you may need a lot more than one of each kind of allergy control product. For example, experts suggest having a HEPA filter for each room of your house, even if you have a 1,200 square foot home and the filter says it can cover a 1,200 square foot area. This will simply not work with air flow patterns and its better to buy smaller filters and place them throughout the home.
With dust mite bedding, it makes no sense to just protect your own bedding when the dust mites can just proliferate in your guest bed or other family members beds. Be sure to buy enough slip covers for all the beds in your home. Buying more than one allergy control product each will naturally increase the costs but its better to allergy-proof your house effectively.
Trying to free a home of irritating allergens can be an uphill battle, but one you dont have to wage alone. Remember to do your research and consider cost, effectiveness and quantity of items when selecting the allergy control products you need.