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Living with Allergies

  • Keep the Bed and bed linen clean


    • Protect the Mattress: Use quality encasement covers such as Astex "Pristine"® Encasements, or Astex "Active" Mattress Guards


    • Protect Pillows: Use quality encasement covers such as Astex "Pristine"® Encasements, or Astex "Active" Duvet Guards


    • Protect Duvets: Use quality encasement covers such as Astex "Pristine"® Encasements, or Astex "Active" Pillow Guards


    • Protect Blankets by washing regularly every 4-6 weeks at temperatures of at least 60°C


  • Replace curtains with vertical or horizontal wipeable blinds


  • Remove carpets where practicable


  • Use vacuum cleaners that have either HEPA filters or are approved by the British Allergy Foundation


  • Vacuum carpets once per day


  • Either frequently wash any soft toys at 60°C      or


  • Place the soft toy in a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 24 hours.


  • Keep rooms well ventilated by opening windows


  • Reduce humidity in rooms and do not dry clothes over radiotors, avoid cooking or bathing without ventilation


  • Prevent animals especially cats entering rooms where allergy sufferers sleep


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