Do you find yourself constantly wheezing and sneezing around the house? If you suffer from allergies, then inspect your house for the culprit. The enemy could very well be lying in your midst—or even under your pillow. Here are the four main allergy irritants found in households.
1. Dust mites.
It is not the dust that bothers your allergies; it is the waste matter of the mites that live in dust. This irritant is typically the worst in the bedroom, because mattresses, pillows, and bedding are a haven for dust mites. Use hypoallergenic casings on your mattress and pillow, use washable bedding, and vacuum regularly.
Molds release spores into the air. In reaction to these spores, you can suffer not only typical allergic reactions—like sneezing and coughing—but you might also experience more severe symptoms, like bad headaches and nausea. According to the EPA, mold can be found on virtually any substance, including wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Only testing can accurately reveal whether or not it is present. In your house, rooms exposed to steam or dampness are more likely to develop mold problems—like the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. If your windows are poorly ventilated, then condensation can also create mold problems. A mold test and remediation can help to solve this problem.
3. Animal dander
If being around your pets causes you to sneeze and sniffle, then it is not actually the animal’s fault. The blame belongs to the dander shed by the animal, produced by their oil glands, saliva, or urine. Many pets’ dander or waste can cause this reaction; not only cats and dogs, but smaller pets like guinea pigs, rats, and mice have also been known to irritate allergies.
If you are allergic to pollen, then you probably take care to not bring flowers indoors. However, with a poor ventilation system, the air circulating throughout your house can still suck the pollen in, as well as other allergy irritants like ragweed. A duct cleaning or using a more environmentally secure HVAC heating and air system can help prevent this problem. Be sure to investigate any HVAC or air duct cleaning company you intend to hire with the Better Business Bureau to avoid air duct cleaning scams.
Want to protect your home from allergy irritants? Find professionals who can offer relief through services like installing new HVAC heating and air systems, duct cleaning, or performing mold tests and remediation so you can breathe easier without these irritants in your home. For a reputable, family owned company in the Dayton area, visit Environmental Doctor and learn more about how we can help take care of your allergies today.