Re: New Apt. Wake up with stuffy nose each morning--old carpet?
If you're not allergic to dogs, you might have a dust allergy. You can now get a blood test to determine what you're allergic to. Dust allergies are very common.
Dust mites like carpeting and bedding. Frequent and thorough vacuuming can help, but only if you have a strong hepa allergy bag. Otherwise vacuuming just throws out the dust mites in the exhaust air. If your matress is old (more than 7-10 years), it could have a lot of mites too.
Some people also react to the chemicals in NEW carpets. I need a new carpet in my living room, but every time I go shopping for one, I feel sick and out of breath in the carpet store. I don't think one carpet will be too bad, as long as I buy it when I can keep the windows open for a few months.
I would be careful about using a lot of chemicals when the baby is there. My son and I both react negatively (breathing problems) to Febreze and similar products.
Last edited by lucylucy; 08-18-2008 at 03:25 PM.