The fibers in carpet, blankets, curtains, and pillows can harbor microscopic particles and bugs (like dust mites) that give you a scratchy throat and make you sneeze. Replace pillows regularly and wash your bedding every week in hot water to kill any dust mites and their eggs that may be hiding in your bed.
If you have the option of hardwood floors, this can reduce the places for allergens to accumulate. If you prefer having rugs, select washable rugs that you can clean to remove dust and allergens. If you have carpeting, vacuuming with a machine equipped with a HEPA filter may also cut down on the amount of places for dust and allergens to hide.
Remove any extra books, crafts and accessories from your room. The fewer places dust and allergens can build up the less likely your symptoms will be aggravated.
Natural Air Filters
Plants work really well as air filters. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration did a clean air study in 1989 to figure out ways to clean air in space stations. The study narrowed down the best plants for filtering air indoors. The study concluded that one plant is an efficient filter for every 100 square feet of indoor space.
If you live in a humid climate, moist air may be contributing to mold in your home, which could be the source of some allergens. Moisture also creates an environment perfect for dust mites to thrive. A dehumidifier can help dry out mold and drive away dust mites.