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Potential Allergy Complications Indoors

Potential Allergy Complications Indoors

Potential Allergy Complications Indoors

Nasal allergies affect about 50 million people in the United States and indoor allergens can aggravate them according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander can all be irritating to sensitive individuals, and while air cleaning devices with HEPA filters are helpful, the best way to prevent allergy problems is to eliminate the source of allergens inside the home.

Many who suffer from severe reactions to pollen, for instance, retreat indoors during the worst parts of allergy season. Although this prevents most direct contact with outside sources, there are still ways that they can invade the home. Keeping windows and doors closed, even on days with beautiful weather, will help prevent new spores and plant matter from entering the house. Pets with long hair can not only contribute to pet dander but also tend to pick up pollen during the high-volume times of the season so a spring haircut and frequent baths help to mitigate these issues.

Dust mites, which eight out of 10 people are exposed to, can become a problem if left unchecked. Avoid heavy draperies and overstuffed furniture. Use plastic covers on items such as mattresses and pillows. Bedding, pillows or stuffed toys should be washed frequently in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill the mites.

Vacuum frequently. Consider using a mask to reduce inhalation of dust.

Mold is best kept in check by controlling the humidity in the home. Air conditioners will help with decreasing humidity, but it might be necessary to employ a humidity monitor and dehumidifiers in areas prone to mold accumulation like kitchens and bathrooms. Fix leaks and clean visible mold immediately to prevent it from becoming a problem.

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