The only thing worse than allergies is indoor allergies. If you or your family have been sneezing, wheezing, or itching indoors, allergies could be to blame. Common indoor allergens such as mold, dust, dander, and mites can trigger uncomfortable – and potentially dangerous – allergic reactions.
What Could You be Allergic to in Your House?
Dust mites are microscopic insects that feed off human skin flakes. They are among the most common in-home allergens.
Mold is another common household allergen because it tends to grow in damp, dark places like basements, behind drywall, and in small, poorly-ventilated bathrooms. Like dust mites, mold can cause respiratory problems along with dry, itchy skin.
Indoor pollen levels can also be higher than you might think, particularly if your family tends to enjoy the outdoors during the spring and summertime, as all that outdoor pollen is easily tracked indoors.
Indoor Allergies & Asthma Symptoms
Indoor allergens trigger the same reactions that you can expect from outdoor irritants, with one major exception — allergens in your home can cause year-round allergy symptoms that are normally associated with hay fever or seasonal, allergy-induced asthma.
The most common symptoms of allergic reactions to allergens at home are:
- watery eyes
- itchy skin
- nasal congestion
- difficulty breathing
- allergic rhinitis, etc.
Symptoms of indoor allergies can range from mild to severe, and some people even require prescription medication to get relief from the swelling within their breathing passages caused by dust mites, mold, pollen, and other irritants.
Where we can find indoor allergies in the home?
Home allergens tend to be concentrated in the areas where we spend the most time.
Basements are also known to harbor mold, irritants, and dust, particularly in climates that are prone to dampness and flooding.
The living room can be another allergen hotspot, especially if there are carpeting and soft window treatments that cause particles to accumulate, leading to almost uncontrollable dust in the house.
Lack of ventilation can create the ideal breeding ground for mold.
How to Get Rid of Indoor Allergies and different Allergens – Tips:
- Remove Carpets and Rugs Wherever Possible
- Invest in Zip-On Dust Mite Covers for Pillows and Mattresses
- Install Washable Window Covers
- Vacuum Regularly
- Use Unscented Cleaning Products
- Keep your Furnace Filter Clean
- Check the Air Quality Outside
- Use a Dehumidifier
- Consult an Indoor Allergies Inspector
Get Tested for Indoor Allergies
If you or your loved ones suspect in-home allergens could be a problem in your house, speak with your doctor about allergy testing. The most common is a “skin prick” test that involves exposing a small patch of skin to several allergens in order to confirm or rule them out as triggers. An allergy test is typically administered by an allergy specialist, or allergist, who treats allergies, asthma, and other immune system-related issues.
Find A Partner
While it’s impossible to get rid of allergens entirely, you can control their impact at home. You can hire a contractor like CPR24 Restoration that can help you. We will identify your triggers and learned where the allergen hotspots are in your home. After that, we can act accordingly to stop the spread of dust, dander, pollen, mites, and other unwelcome guests. Call us at +1 416-551-8287!