By Steve Evans
Indoor allergens may provoke or worsen asthma symptoms, depending on a person’s unique sensitivities. There are thought to be more than 40 million people throughout the US who suffer from indoor allergies
Indoor allergens include dust mites, domestic pets, cockroaches, and mold. Sufferers will often wheeze, sneeze, cough and hack their way through the winter months, thinking they have a chronic cold. Indoor air contains the same pollutants that are found outdoors-smog, soot, and gas fumes. Other very common causes include cockroach droppings, and even dust mite body parts and droppings. The fact is that for the susceptible our indoor air can make their lives miserable if homes are not kept clean and healthy.
It is a harsh reality for people who suffer from allergies in the home, that staying indoors may make them just as miserable as cold weather. When you look around any house, you will find ways which could be used to help control indoor allergens, or things that may be triggering indoor allergies.
Avoid using humidifiers and consider using a dehumidifier in your home or in your child’s bedroom.
A thorough house cleaning can help control symptoms. Once the allergens are removed you will no longer suffer sleep deprived nights or hazy mornings due to frustrating insomnia caused by your home allergies.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, although it is virtually impossible to eliminate every possible source of an allergy, there are many steps you can take to reduce your exposure level and cleaning is the first step to carry out.
Unlike seasonal allergies, indoor allergies may last all year long and can provoke or worsen asthma and other symptoms, depending on a person’s unique sensitivities.
Winter does indeed offer reprieve for some, but for a considerable portion of those 40 million Americans who struggle with allergic reactions, the sun’s declining rays foreshadow a holiday nightmare more horrifying than coal in the stocking. Yes, it is indeed those debilitating indoor allergies.
Those home based allergies may, for some, be present all year-round, but can in many cases be treated with medicine. However, before you try that route to a cure do look at your bedding.
Some of the likely sources of exposure are your pillow, mattress and bedding where they tend to live. They float into the air when anyone vacuums, walks on a carpet, or disturbs bedding, but they settle out of the air once the disturbance is over. Also remember to change bedding and pillows regularly. In addition, wash the pillow case and other bedding in hot water each week. Also, wash all the bedding in hot water (over 130 degrees Fahrenheit) once a week to kill and denature the mites and their faeces.
Anti-allergy bedding covers are available which have been scientifically tested can significantly reduce contact with allergen.
Pets can set very often off the problem, so they must be mentioned here, and the cure is keeping pets out of the bedroom; washing pets weekly to reduce the amount of dander; and replacing bedding and carpeting that has dander in it. Smaller domestic animals, such as guinea pig and hamsters can cause the problem as well. These animals distribute allergen in their urine within bedding if any is present, so always take care with your personal cleanliness.
Finally, always wash all bedding and soft furnishings on which an animal has lain.