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Is Your Home the Cause of Your Allergies?

Have you been sneezing a lot at home? During your time off work do you experience watery eyes or a scratchy throat? You could be having an allergic reaction due to allergens inside your home. While medications may be able to relieve some of the symptoms, the best way to avoid live-in allergies is to clean them out of your house. So what kind of catalysts can cause these home allergies?

1. Dust Mites. These tiny bugs like to establish habitats in dusty environments. They are most commonly found in mattresses, carpets, curtains, and furniture. Dust mites can often cause or irritate asthma in children. They are also associated with allergic rhinitis, a nose inflammation also known as hay fever.

2. Mold, Mildew and Fungus. Mold and mildew are both a common type of fungus that can grow in houses. Mold likes to grow in damp and dark places like kitchens, basements, plumbing areas, storage areas, and flooded areas. Mold or mildew growth can cause a variety of health problems in a living space, with allergic reactions sometimes being the least of the health hazards. Other reactions that a fungus presence can lead to include chronic coughing, headaches, rashes, sinus problems and difficulty breathing.

3. Cockroaches. Just like dust mites, the presence of cockroaches can trigger asthma and other health reactions. The saliva and body particles from a cockroach can lead to coughing, rashes, wheezing, congestion and sinus infection.

4. Pet Dander. While we love our pets, sometimes their presence can trigger allergies. Pet hair and pet fur are known to attract allergens like pollen and mold spores. The dander, saliva and skin flakes from a dog can aggravate allergic symptoms in people.

How to Eliminate Allergens.

One way to prevent allergens from inhabiting your home is by frequently cleaning the house, even in unexpected areas. Vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis will ensure an allergen-free floor. Be sure to wash clothing and bedding material on a regular basis. Dust and allergens like to cling onto beds, clothing, and carpets.

Taking care of water leaks quickly and efficiently is a must, as dampness tends to attract certain kinds of allergens. Also, buying a quality air filter will remove any dust or pollens that could be circulating your air supply.

 

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