The house provides an interactive walk through experience for you to explore the home of an atopic family. Throughout your walk through, you can find useful tips on how to manage allergy hotspots in the home and you will also come across signposts to useful services and resources provided by Allergy UK.
Respiratory and skin allergies
If your young person has a dust mite allergy, encourage them to:
- Clean and hoover regularly, and keep clutter to a minimum.
- Wash their pillow and bedding frequently at high temperatures and, if funds allow, purchase a mattress and pillow protector.
- Curtains, carpets, sofas and beds are ideal environments for house dust mites. After vacuum cleaning, they should open the windows to help ventilate the room.
- Additionally, if pollen counts are high and also a trigger for allergic conditions, closing windows at dusk may help.
Mould in rented/student accommodation can be an issue if they’re allergic to mould. If they notice mould in their accommodation, they need to speak to their landlord or student services.
To prevent mould forming, share these tips with your young person:
- Drying clothes indoors can encourage mould growth, so where possible, dry clothes outside, if drying inside, leave to dry in well-ventilated areas such as the
- Open windows regularly to keep rooms dry and well-ventilated, especially wet rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom.
- Use an extractor fan when cooking.
- Avoid putting clothes away in cupboards or drawers when damp.
- Inside the washing machine and behind appliances are mould hot spots as well as food composting in the kitchen.
- House plants are a cost effective, on trend and popular way for young people to bring a personal flair to their interiors. However, they can also be a hot spot for mould and dust and this can be problematic for those living with respiratory allergies. To help avoid mould, remove topsoil from indoor plants and wipe the leaves of plants periodically.
In addition, for hay fever sufferers, when pollen counts are high, remind them to take the following precautions:
- Keep windows closed, especially early morning and late afternoon, to reduce exposure in doors.
- Avoid drying clothes outside as pollen can stick to material and be brought indoors.
Here are some more tips to share with your young person if they live with respiratory and skin allergies:
- Cleaning products and air fresheners can cause allergic reactions and may cause problems with breathing in asthma and allergic rhinitis sufferers.
- Steam cleaning may be a better option for people with allergies.
- Burning highly perfumed or having scented products such as candles, air diffusers, incense sticks etc. may also trigger symptoms and may best avoided.
- An air purifier can help reduce allergens and pollutants in the air.
- Sensitive and eczematous skin can flare easily with changes in environment and stress. Moving home, brings stresses and a new environment, so make sure your young person is prepared and has a good supply of topical treatment and other essential medication to hand.