20 Allergy-Control Products to Sneeze-Proof Your Home
Allergy control products
When you suffer from allergies, the outside world is filled with sneeze-inducing triggers everywhere you turn, from tree pollen to ragweed to your co-worker's dog-hair-covered sweater. So the last thing you want to do is come home to a house that just continues the pain. "Finding the source of your allergy woes, from heavy carpeting to dust mites in your pillows, and removing them will bring you a world of relief," says James Sublett, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Work to keep the outdoors out of your home with these editor-approved allergy control products in three categories: bedding, air purifiers, and vacuums. Talk to your allergist about which products might be best for you.
One of the most common allergens nestles right into your bedding. Dust mites are tiny bugs that eat skin cells, and they thrive in humid environments, which is why it's extremely important to get encasements for your pillows and mattress. "It doesn't take much of a gap for them to come in, so find tightly woven encasements with zippers that fully seal," advises Dr. Sublett, and be sure to wash all of your bedding once a week in hot water. Here are seven anti-allergy bedding products to consider for your home.
Mission: Allergy Dust Mite- and Allergen-Proof Pillow Encasing
To buy: $20; amazon.com
These medical-grade covers zip tightly for a mite-free night of sleep, but still allow enough air through to be super-comfy and prevent you from getting hot and sweaty. All of MISSION: ALLERGY's products are designed by a board-certified allergist.
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MISSION: ALLERGY Dust Mite- and Allergen-Proof Mattress Encasing
To buy: $146; amazon.com
MISSION: Allergy also makes a highly recommended mattress cover. While it's pricier than others on the market, the tightly wound microfiber will actually keep out dust and dander as you snooze. It's also bedbug-proof.
Allersoft 100-Percent Cotton Dust Mite & Allergy Control Standard Pillow Encasement
To buy: $12; amazon.com
Another solid pillow protector, this 100%-cotton, 280-thread-count case gets high ratings for its softness, unlike many encasements. It comes with a lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.
AllerEase Hot Water Washable Allergy Protection Pillow
To buy: $19; amazon.com
When you toss your sheets in for their weekly wash, this pillow can go right in with it. Designed to withstand hot, mite-killing temperatures, it'll fluff right back to its initial shape after a spin in the washing machine.
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Natural Comfort Classic Down Alternative Comforter
To buy: $60; amazon.com
Allergy sufferers don't get to enjoy the cushy comfort of a natural down comforter. Luckily, there are plenty of hypoallergenic down alternatives on the market for your bed topper, like this machine washable option from Natural Comfort.
Allersoft 100-Percent Cotton Dust Mite and Allergy Control King Duvet Protector
To buy: $60; amazon.com
This protective cover goes over your duvet and seals out allergens with a tight-yet-breathable 100% cotton weave. You can still pick out a pretty cover to match your bedroom's décor.