Allergy Friendly Vacuums

Airborne allergens can make the air in your home tough to deal with. In the past, I've talked about how to purify the air in your home... One way to improve the air quality is to vacuum frequently and the type of vacuum DOES matter.

Whether it's a HEPA filter, a different type of allergy-busting technology or a machine built for battling pet hair, there are a wide range of options out there.

In an effort to slay those allergens, I vacuum every two days (ideally).

It's helpful to vacuum slowly, covering as much carpet as you can. Be mindful of the height the base is set to and keep the canister or the bag as empty as possible. Make sure to routinely wipe down your vacuum because dust loves to build up in the nooks and crannies!

Here are the twelve allergy friendly options I found:

...SIGH... The Dyson Ball Allergy and the Roomba for Pets... would be an amazing pair, right? Dreamy...

We actually have the handheld Bissell Pet Hair Eraser and LOVE it. The rubbery nubs on the end pull the pet hair right off our sofa. SO important when you have pets. Even if they aren't allowed on your furniture, their dander/hair flies around and gets on it anyways.

What's your favorite allergen busting vacuum?

BIG, BIG Thanks & A List of My Fav Blog Posts

With Thanksgiving Eve upon us... it reminds me to be grateful for everything I have. Every single day, there is something to be grateful for... even on the worst of days when we can't see it.

I am so beyond thankful for my life and my inspiring husband. I'm grateful for the fact that I have a good full time job doing something I love (graphic design) and that I have my own little projects on the side.

Above all, there are no words for the incredibly rewarding life I have at home with the love of my life and our two pets! Our home is bursting with creativity (not just from me, but my hunny is a musician) and it puts the biggest smile on my face. We've created our own traditions and our own little piece of heaven:

Not only do I have all those wonderful things, but I'm also thankful for YOU! Having this platform to connect with everybody has been a blessing in so many ways... I've been able to learn from you... I've been able to share my knowledge and improve the lives of other allergy and eczema sufferers... and I've watched to you guys connect and help each other. It's been AWESOME :-)

Thank you for finding me, emailing me and chatting with me... thank you for sharing your stories, your hearts, and for reaching out to help one another. 


Among all of the daily battles we have... you still find time for others and that can really truly make somebody's day. 

With each story shared, somebody else relates and feels a little less alone. It really does make a difference!

In fact, you can do that right here.

After these last few years, this blog has come a long way! In its honor, here are a list of my favorite posts! 

I hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow - whether you're celebrating or not! Either way, a little bit of gratitude can go a long way. Increasing your level of gratitude can increase happiness and therefore reduce stress... and I think all allergy and eczema sufferers could use a little bit of that!


Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Work In Progress

I have suffered with eczema for 13 years. It just popped up one day and decided to never leave. My most common flare ups occur on my face which has severely affected my self confidence. Going through high school with a weird rash all over your body was really tough. Eventually we linked it to quite a few food allergies and that alleviated it for about 5 years. I had the occasional flare up here and there but nothing major. This winter my husband and I moved to a new state with a different climate and here I sit with a flare up on my face again. My job requires me to be on stage with a camera in my face every weekend and I dread having to try and cover it up because that doesn’t help a thing. I’ve been on a fairly recent journey to try and become more natural with my products and more whole in my eating to try and overcome this. I found your blog and have been so encouraged. No one in my circle has suffered from eczema so I’m just walking around embarrassed with no one to talk too or help me out. Finding your blog and the links to others and realizing that there is a community for people who suffer from eczema is amazing. Hopefully I can find a way to heal and I know your blog will provide me with so much knowledge! Thank you for all you do!
— anonymous Allergista reader

I'm so happy that you found me as well as our eczema community! I know what a great advantage it can be to hear other people's stories and solutions. Eczema can really feel like a never ending battle sometimes.

Ugh, high school kids can be really mean... I'm so sorry to hear that you went through that. Having your eczema in such an obvious place - especially having to frequently be in front of a camera - can't be easy! Here's what I do when my eczema freaks out and as far as products go, there are great stores on both the allergy resource page and the eczema resource page.

Major life changes like moving or stressful events can really flare up our eczema, so I'm hoping that yours will be able to calm down with a little TLC and move on to adjusting to your new environment.

I wish you a speedy recovery! Hang in there and make sure to reach out to all of us if you need to! That's what we're here for :-)


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