Indoor allergies symptoms and how to reduce them
Learn how to get rid of your indoor allergy symptoms quickly
If you are prone to allergies, indoor and outdoor, you know that it can leave you feeling miserable. Read here to learn about common symptoms of indoor allergies and how to make them go away.
What causes allergies?
Allergies occur when the body comes into contact with a substance called an allergen, which forces the body to respond in an overly sensitive way. A protein called igE 99 (immunoglobulin) is created in thebody to resist foreign substances, and an allergic reaction is the result of your immune system creating the igE that associates with that allergen. Therefore, this causes your cells to release chemicals that cause the allergy symptoms that millions of us know, and do not love.
What are the symptoms?
Indoor allergy symptoms often mimic cold symptoms such as:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
- Itchy skin or rashes on the skin
- Facial pain
- Tight-ness in the chest
These are what are considered the early-phase symptoms of indoor allergies, which occur within minutes of being exposed to the allergen. The late phase symptoms, which happen four to eight hours after exposure, are similar to the early-phase, with less sneezing and itching and increased nasal congestion. If your body is frequently exposed to indoor allergens, symptoms such a fatigue and sleepiness may occur. Indoor allergies can also trigger the symptoms of hay fever, and conditions such as eczema and asthma.
How can you cure them?
So how can you escape from indoor allergies such as dust mites, mold spores and pet dander?
Clean, don't just vacuum
Dust mites lives in furniture, bedding and carpet and can only be eliminated by washing items in very hot water, as vacuuming alone will not rid bedding and carpet of dust mites.
Keep bedding sealed
Keeping clean sheet and towels in plastic, sealed containers can help reduce dust mites.
Keep the humidity down
Mold is often found in the kitchen, bathroom or basement as it grows and thrives in damp places. Clean all moldy surfaces and then use a dehumidifier or space heater in damp areas to help reduce mold growth and dust mites. To improve air quality in your home and reduce dust mites, pollen and mold spores, try changing your furnace filters on a regular basis and, even in cold months, try cracking open your windows every once in a while to let in some fresh air.
Keep your pets under control
Pet dander is one of the greatest causes of grieve for allergy sufferers. Pet allergies are caused by a protein in the pet’s dead skin, urine and saliva and these proteins stick to clothing, carpet and the walls of your home. Regular, thorough cleaning of the home can reduce these pet allergens. It’s a good idea to keep your pet out of your bedroom, and away from your clothes and blankets. Be sure to wash pet bedding regularly to reduce pet dander. Brushing your pets can remove loose fur, which will reduce shedding and cut down on the amount of pet dander in your home. Vacuuming at least one or twice a week will greatly reduce pet dander and other allergens in your home.