Make Your Home Allergy-Friendly: Steps to Take NOW

Some of us experience allergies sometime during our lives … the majority of us, in fact. Allergies are more than a nuisance: they can contribute to asthma or sinusitis. So what to do about allergies? What can be done to reduce the triggers – exposure to the allergens – in our homes? The following is a review: first a few facts about allergies that will grab your attention. Next, some resources – articles – on this blog, in case you missed them or are new to Finally, two infographics that review steps you can take right now to reduce allergens in your home. As always, leave comments below and add to our community knowledge. And thanks for visiting and sharing!

Allergy Facts You May Have Missed

  1. 40 – 50 Million in USA have allergic rhinitis
  2. 10-30%  of adults have allergic rhinitis (49% under age 35)
  3. Almost 40% of children miss some school each year due to allergies
  4. Allergic rhinitis accounts for 12 Million doctor-visits per year
  5. 55% of those with sinusitis have a history of allergic rhinitis
  6. 95% of those with asthma have rhinitis

9 Good Allergy Reads on this Blog (in case you missed them :))

  1. You CAN Control Your Child’s Allergies
  2. Allergy Testing: How They Do It
  3. Allergy Drops (Instead of SHOTS)
  4. Caring for the Child Who is Allergic to EVERYTHING
  5. The Link Between Allergies and Asthma
  6. Asthma in Children: an infographic
  7. When Rhinitis is NOT Allergic
  8. The Hygiene Hypothesis: Dirty is Healthy?
  9. Reducing Asthma Risk

What to do about allergies in your home? Below are a couple infographics that provide some more information, and some tips for making your home “allergy-friendly.”

Allergy triggers you can control:

  • Control Dust
  • Control Dust Mites
  • Control Pet Dander
  • Control Pollen

Allergies / Russell Faust


Now for the Room-by-Room Review

The infographic below, How to Make Your Home Allergy Friendly, reviews steps you can take in your home, room by room:



Hi, I’m Russell Faust, author of this medical education blog. That wonderful photo of me is by Chris Stranad; here is his site:

Russell Faust, PhD, MD boogordoctor / healthy children

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  1. Crystal Corriher says:

    I have had acute sinusitis and have been on a powerful antibiotic…it had such severe side affects that I had to discontinue it’s usage after 7-1/2 days. Was that long enough to kill the bacteria?

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      No way of knowing. Some infections are eradicated by only a few days of antibiotics; some require months of intravenous antibiotics. That’s why it’s important to follow up with your physician for recheck.

  2. Cal Driver says:

    Thanks so much for this. My wife suffers from severe allergies, and it’s often difficult to track all of the different triggers. This list was concise, helpful, and straightforward. I’m looking forward to going through my home and seeing what I can do to let my wife breathe again. Thanks again for the article!

  3. I am intrigued by your comment that allergy shots changed your life. I’ve been hearing anecdotally that they make a huge difference in reducing the severity of respiratory infections year-round, but my pulmonologist claims there’s no science to show this. What are your thoughts?


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