If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with allergies or asthma, you may think that avoiding the great outdoors and all of its allergy triggers will relieve your suffering. But unfortunately, the inside of your home can host just as many or MORE allergens than the air outside of your home. As you and your family (and pets) come in and out, allergens tag along and become trapped in your home, affecting the air quality and your respiratory health. Learn about these common household allergy triggers and what to do about them to improve the air quality in your home.
Dust mites are microscopic insects and are the most common allergy trigger, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. They like warm and humid areas, like beds, couches, or anywhere else people reside because they feed off of (brace yourself) human skin flakes. While that thought is disgusting enough, dust mites don’t bite like bed bugs do, but cause respiratory irritation, especially in those with allergies and asthma.
To ward off these invisible pests, regular vacuuming and carpet cleaning is absolutely essential. Additionally, cleaning your bedding regularly and protecting it with allergen-proof casings can also keep the dust mites at bay. They also like stuffed animals, so washing your children’s toys or freezing them for a few hours can kill any dust mites inhabiting them.
Pet hair and dander
Even low or non-shedding pets can trigger allergic reactions because of their dander. But dogs that shed significantly especially cause problems as their hair that falls around the house and circulates in the air, causing problems to those with allergy or respiratory issues.
To keep the pet hair and dander at bay, keep your pets in designated areas so their allergens can’t invade the house. Brush and groom them regularly, and clean your carpets frequently to avoid hair and dander buildup.
Pollen is not just an outdoor problem. You can bring it in when you spend time outdoors, and so can your pets. Although this may be a seasonal allergy trigger for some, without taking preventative measures those affected will have no place of refuge from their allergy woes. To combat pollen that finds its way inside, get an air purifier with a HEPA filter, change your clothes after you spend time outside, and brush or wipe off your pets when you let them inside.
For more information about keeping your home and carpets clean and allergy-free, consult with the professionals at Zerorez today.