Your home should be a safe haven from the discomforts of the world, but if you’re an allergy sufferer, your indoor environment may actually be the source of your problems. What’s causing your itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and congestion? Unfortunately, indoor allergy triggers are all around you.
Some common allergens typically found in the home, include:
Mold. Mold can flourish in damp conditions and reproduce by means of spores, which can trigger allergic reactions. To contain mold, you should fix any leaks in your home, exhaust moisture outdoors from your bathroom and kitchen and clean up mold patches with a mild solution and warm water.
Pet dander. Sensitive people can react to a protein contained in pet dander, a sticky substance found in skin flakes. To minimize symptoms, vacuum your home with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and avoid direct contact with the animal.
Dust. Dust is made of many different particles, including insect parts, food, fibers, plants, skin and soil. Any of these particles may cause allergic reactions. To avoid these reactions, you should clean your home thoroughly and avoid stirring up dust. Make sure to use a good quality air filter in your HVAC system.
Dust mites. Dust mites love dust and humidity. They proliferate in mattresses, bedding and upholstery, leaving droppings that cause allergic reactions. You can control dust mites by running a HEPA vacuum over mattresses, upholstery and carpet. Also, make sure to wash linens in hot water.
Cockroaches. On top of being generally nasty, cockroaches can trigger allergic reactions with their waste. Have your home professionally fumigated, and always clean your kitchen thoroughly after cooking and eating.
Isolating and Treating Allergens
An allergist can pinpoint the source of your allergic reactions quickly through skin, patch or blood tests. Otherwise, you can isolate yourself from what you suspect is the allergy trigger, evaluating the results.
One of the best ways to deal with allergens is by installing a whole-house air cleaner. Whole house models are installed in your HVAC system, treating your home’s air as it’s pulled through. Among the types to consider include ultraviolet germicidal irradiation lights for mold and electrostatic and electronic models to trap most of the particles listed above.
For more information on indoor allergy triggers, contact Davis Air Conditioning in Southwest Oklahoma.
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