Allergens are everywhere–including your home–and they can make your life miserable. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness, with more than 50 million Americans suffering each year. Allergic reactions to indoor allergens can cause a slew of issues like symptoms of asthma, conjunctivitis, dermatitis, hives, scratchy throat, or itchy, watery eyes, just to name a few. Do you know what kind of allergens lurk in your home? Protect yourself by learning more. Click To Tweet
Common Indoor Allergens
Understanding the location and nature of your allergens is an important key to managing your allergies. Here are seven common indoor allergens that might be causing you an allergic reaction, or even chronic illness:
- Dust Mites
1) Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic arachnids which are not visible to the naked eye. They thrive in humid regions and love to be where humans are (inside our homes), because we are actually their food! Dust mites feed off out dead skin cells and live in places like bedding, sofas, and other areas that collect dust.
You might not realize it, but cockroaches are another huge allergen inside our homes. Both dead and alive roaches can cause allergen issues, such as asthma symptoms and nasal issues. The major cockroach allergens come from the roaches digestive enzymes, saliva, and even their body parts.
Mold is an issue for many people and can cause allergic rhinitis, as well as chronic illness and immunological issues. Basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are notorious for harboring mold spores, and some indoor plants can be to blame, as well. If you have a musty smell anywhere in these areas, you might be experiencing a mold issue.
Many people believe they are allergic to animal fur, but it actually animal dander that causes people to flare up with nasal congestion, itchy eyes or endless sneezing. Dander is actually the protein found in an animal’s dead skin and saliva, according to the Mayo Clinic, and can be found on cats, dogs, mice, birds, horses, and other animals.
Yes, pollen is typically an outdoor allergy, but it can affect people inside, as well. Pollen can stick to your clothes and you carry it in, spreading it to your inside living space. Also, indoor plants can also pose an allergen risk.
While not a traditional allergen, we can’t leave cigarette smoke of this list. Secondhand smoke can cause bronchial inflammation, asthma attacks, and irritate other allergies. In fact, it has been found that children exposed to secondhand smoke have a heightened chance of suffering from asthma.
There are many people who are sensitive or show allergy symptoms when exposed to various cleaning chemicals. Volatile organic compounds or chemical vapors from these products can cause discomfort and health issues. Choosing a low VOC product and using proper ventilation while cleaning can help eliminate most issues.
Allergens and Your Home
So, are there ways to help keep your home allergen free? Household testing and environmental testing are excellent ways to see what allergens are lurking in your living space. When you know what you are dealing with, you can take action to put an end to allergens in your home.
Contact us to learn more about common allergens found in homes, and how to reduce them.