Easy Ways to Minimize Dorm Room Allergies

Allergies suck. Eyes puff up and blur to where the Dry Eyes guy seems attractive. The nose is more congested than a high school hallway. Allergy sufferers live in a fog that even Tom Welling can’t save them from.

When moving away to college, there are all types of allergies to conquer. At first, living in a dorm can seem disastrous for students with allergies. You’re living in a room coated in any allergens previous residents left behind over the year. Have no worries, though. Dorms are just as healthy for people with allergies, if you just follow a few tricks.

Breath In, Breath Out

Equip your dorm with a small air purifier. Cleansing away some of the harmful mites in the air helps an allergy sufferer breathe easier. All day, people are coming and going around the dorms, so it’s extremely easy for all types of particles and allergens to be tracked into your room. You don’t know why the chicken crossed the road, but you sure know that you’ll be in and out of your room constantly. Just make sure that you clean the screens in your air purifier often. It doesn’t take long to build up. Not cleaning your air purifier makes the device of no help to you.

Look At That View!

Unloading your belongings in your dorm room for the first time, one of the first things people tend to do is look out the window. Mind you, it’s probably not a scene of skyscrapers in a major city, but campus life can still be a beautiful sight. Your dorm may not be equipped with air conditioning, prompting that window with a view to be left open all the time. Screens build up lots of dust and dirt. Wipe down your screen to get rid of some of the grime. You’ll be surprised how quickly your cleaning rag changes colors.

Asleep As Soon As the Head Hits the Pillow

Sleep is a valuable commodity in college and can be hard to come by. Catch some zzz’s and count sheep when you get the chance. However, your pillow may not be the best partner when catching up with Mr. Sandman. Purchase an allergenic pillow case. It simply goes over your pillow and under your pillow case to keep dust mites and allergens from being trapped in your pillow, making it difficult to breathe while sleeping. This sleeping aide will not hurt your wallet, as these pillow cases can be purchased for less than twenty dollars at Wal-mart.

Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Dorm furniture has been sitting in a room for an entire summer before its newest inhabitants arrive. That’s an awfully long time for dust and grime to build up that may prompt you to sneeze upon arrival. Give your room a good wipe down before unloading all of your stuff. It doesn’t have to be as rigorous a cleaning as Cinderella would do, but it will help the place feel and breath cleaner. This helps cut down on allergy catalysts during the first few days. Just remember to wipe down surfaces every once in a while to keep it from building up, making for an easier job for your air purifier.

What’s In There?

Vents can be a scary place. Lots of dust builds up in those vents, and that same dust is sure to blow all around your room whenever the heat or air conditioning is turned on. Peer into your vents one time and look for yourself. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not come out of vents like they do through manholes, but dust sure will! Wipe out the vent or use a small vacuum to get some of the dust out. This is a great preventive measure to keep allergens from being stuck in your room when your windows are closed throughout the winter.

Allergies are bothersome, but they don’t have to cramp your style at college. It’s common to develop new allergies when going away to college because you’re living in a new area. Whether allergy problems are new or persistent from before, it’s easy to tackle the problem in your dorm room.

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Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs is a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a News-Editorial Journalism degree. An avid bookworm, Rebecca reads all texts Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut when she’s not busy writing for The Black Sheep on campus. Back home, she spends a vast amount of time enjoying nature with loved ones.