Telling the difference between an allergic reaction and something else can be tricky, leaving you to wonder, ‘do I have allergies?’. If you have started experiencing bouts of a supposed “allergy symptom” you may be under the impression that seasonal allergies are your problem. Many people believe any bad reaction to be an allergy, since more than half of all Americans test positive for at least one allergen, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (http://acaai.org/allergies). But what if the problem you are experiencing is right under your roof? Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, and molds can all elicit an allergic reaction. Thus, determining what is causing your allergies and how you can guard yourself against these allergens will help you to better improve your overall health.
Allergy Flare Up or the Common Cold
Could it be an allergy flare-up or just the common cold? Determining the differences between these two conditions can be challenging, as both have similar symptoms. An allergy is when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance called an allergen. Allergens can come from something you eat, something you inhaled into your lungs, or from something you touched. Allergies will commonly be recognized by when they flare as you will see a pattern whenever you are in certain environments as well as when you are around different items. Also, a family history of allergies can also help in determining if you are dealing with allergy symptoms. If both your parents have allergies you have about a 70 percent chance of having allergies as well. Whereas a common cold will have similar symptoms to an allergy but will only occur for a short duration of time, usually lasting from a week to 10 days.
What Am I Allergic to?
After you have determined that you are experiencing an allergy flare-up, the next step is to figure out what exactly you are you allergic to, which can either be outdoor allergens or indoor allergens. Although indoor and outdoor allergens are different, the symptoms are fairly similar. Indoor allergens may be a likely guess when determining what you are allergic to, as the EPA stated that most Americans spend about 90 percent of their times indoors, which increases the chances of indoor allergens being the source of your allergies. Indoor allergens that are common in your home could range from dust mites, pet allergens, cockroaches, and even indoor molds.
Seasonal Allergens vs Indoor Allergens
Seasonal allergies are another possible factor to consider when you are experiencing allergies. Seasonal allergies, like other allergies, develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people. This allergy will occur during the allergy season, usually beginning in February and lasting until the early summer. If you happen to see a spike in symptoms during this time, then seasonal allergies could be what you are suffering from. Indoor allergens, on the other hand, will happen all year round, as long as you are surrounded in your personal environment by the allergens triggering your symptoms.
Why are my Allergies Worse Indoors?
Many people will suffer from allergies, particularly indoor allergens that they are exposed to every day in their homes. If you start to notice that your allergies worsen whenever you are at home, then you can likely conclude that your allergies occur from indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, or cockroaches. The symptoms that may become present when affected by indoor allergens could include the following.
Indoor Allergies Symptoms
Common Indoor Allergens
Your home, just like every home has the potential to harbor potential allergens. Allergens can accumulate in your home and wreak havoc on your allergies. The five most common indoor allergens are as follows:
- Dust: The buildup of dust in your home is a potential allergy trigger, as this allergen can be made up of a dozen different things from tiny bits of plans, skin, soil, food, and fibers. All of these different dust particles can be a cause of allergy symptoms.
- Dust Mites: This indoor allergen is a common trigger for many allergy and asthma symptoms. These microscopic creatures can be found all throughout you home attracted by dust in your home. Dust mites usually thrive in warm, humid environments such as bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpeting. Most importantly, these allergens love human dander (dead skin flakes), which makes your bedroom a breeding ground for dust mites.
- Mold: Mold and mildew can grow indoors and lead to a potential allergy flare-up. This allergen is attracted to humidity and dampness and can typically be found in basements, bathrooms, or anywhere where moisture can occur. Once mold and mildew make a home in your home, they can start to produce tiny spores, and these spores can be a big cause of allergies.
- Pet Dander: Pet allergies are a very common indoor allergen that can affect many people. Contrary to popular belief we are not allergic to an animal’s hair, but to an allergen found in the saliva, dander, or urine of an animal with fur. Pet allergy symptoms will typically occur within minutes, after short-term exposure.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches are often found in almost any place and can then lead to a potential allergy flare up. Cockroaches, similar to pet dander, are not what we are allergic to, but the protein found in the cockroach’s droppings is the trigger for allergy symptoms.
How to Get Rid of Allergens in Your Home
Allergens in your home are common and can happen in most households. When your allergies begin to go haywire in your personal environment, you may want to begin taking steps to guard your home. Treating your linens, surfaces, and your home’s air is important in combating indoor allergens.
Dust, dust mites, and pet dander can all find their way onto your linens whether it be your clothes, your towels, or even your bedding. Dust mites especially could make a home on your bed sheets and pillowcases, thus washing it is important to eliminate the dust mites. Also, pet dander is another major allergen that can get stuck in your clothes, as we love to give our pets love and attention by holding and petting them. When this happens, and you find that your clothes or even your bedding are causing your allergies to spike, using an effective laundry additive that will help to alleviate allergens trapped in your fabrics. The EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer is safe and effective laundry enhancer that removes stubborn laundry odors, fragrances, and allergens trapped in your linens. Use the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer with your regular non-scented detergent to expel allergens from your clothes and linens once and for all.
Flooring and furniture in your home have a way of trapping allergens or even giving allergens a place to make a home. Carpeting and fabric furniture especially will allow allergens such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores to seep into the surface and lead to allergy flare-ups. Getting a solution that will work on the surface of your fabrics to expel indoor allergens is critical to improving indoor allergy symptoms. The EnviroKlenz Everyday Odor Eliminator was designed to safely and effectively remove odors and fragrances present in carpeting, solid surfaces, upholstery, and furniture. Simply place the EnviroKlenz Everyday Odor Eliminator in a spray bottle, 1-part product to 4-parts water, mix it up and spray on the surface to neutralize and remove the indoor allergens at the source.
Treating the Air
Lastly, your home’s indoor air can be a breeding ground for indoor allergens as they can make their way into the airflow and can cause allergy irritation. Many homes today have poor ventilation which can lead to indoor allergens being trapped in your home’s air, never getting cycled out by fresh air. Thus, the importance of filtering out allergens in your home’s air can help to improve not only your indoor air quality but also help to minimize indoor allergy symptoms. The EnviroKlenz Mobile System will not only help to remove indoor allergens but also help to remove chemicals and odors trapped in your home’s air. This air purification system uses a two-stage filtration process with a patented earth mineral technology air cartridge that removes odors and chemicals, as well as a hospital grade HEPA filter to filter out particulates as small as 0.3 microns. With the EnviroKlenz Mobile System, your home’s air will have a major reduction of airborne particulates and indoor allergens such as dust, dander, and pollen that cause allergy symptoms.
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