6 Things in Your Home That Are Making You Sneeze

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 25 November 2015 04:34

1. Scented Candles

We all love nice smells, such as lilacs, seacoasts, or an ocean breeze. But a study hеld in 2011 says that home fragrances like room sprays, candles, or diffusers are the common reason for having respiratory allergies. Even any strong perfume can be exasperating and triggering a sneeze. Instead, open windows widely to let the fresh air enter into the room. Or swap out the scented stuff for unscented ones, if for you the smell is the reason.

2. Your Vacuum

Most people use vacuums to get rid of allergens. Actually, if its filters aren't changed regularly, they can do just the opposite - to spread the debris through the air. Carolyn Forte from the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, emboldens people to swap their vacs' HEPA filters every six months. Along with that, it's important to empty the bag when it's three-quarters full in order to not inhibit suction.

3. A Drafty Window

You don't believe it? Indeed, it's true, because your sneeze reflex gets rolling when something irritates your nasal passages or when a nerve stimulation has been done. Cold air is believed to do both.

4. Your Workout DVD

Yup, exercises can trigger a sneeze. This condition is called exercise-induced rhinitis (EIR), which can also cause a runny nose, congestion, or even itchiness. According to a 2006 study, EIR may affect people who already have nasal allergies. It's more of a nuisance, but if it really disturbs you, ask your doctor for a remedy.

5. Your Upholstered Headboard

Have you even imagined that upholstered headboards can be dangerous? Probably, no. Actually, they collect allergens and are harder to clean than wooden surfaces, for instance. Unfortunately, just vacuuming its not enough, because it will not remove the mites living deep inside the upholstery. In a conclusion, if you have allergies, it's better to get rid of those upholstered headboards or perform a deep house cleaning at least once in every six months.

6. Your Humidifier

The ideal humidity level should be about 40%. You should try to catch the balance, because on one hand, the considerably dry air can irritate your mucous membranes, making you sneeze. On the other hand, overly humid air can lead to mold development and dust mite growth. So, test your house's moisture levels regularly and try a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed.

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