How to Avoid 4 Common Indoor Allergy Triggers

If you have allergies or asthma it’s a good idea to keep your home or business free of triggers or at least find ways to reduce your exposure to them. 

1. Dust Mites

Microscopic insects call “dust mites” are the most common asthma and allergy trigger there is.  They tend to thrive in rooms with humidity over 40% and temps of 70 degrees. They can be found throughout the house but prefer soft furnishings and bedding. Vacuuming regularly will help keep mites down and freezing items that can be placed in the freezer such as stuffed animals can control mites. Allergists recommend buying allergen-proof encasing for bedding and washing sheets in 130-degree water every 7-10 days.

2.  Pets

Allergies to our pets that have fur are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma problems. In the U. S., as many as 3 in 10 people with allergies will have reactions to dogs and cats. Cat allergies are about twice as common in people with dog allergies. People with dog allergies may be more sensitive to some breeds of dogs than others and some may just be allergic to all dog breeds. Certain breeds of dogs are described as “hypoallergenic,” but really there is not a non-allergic dog or cat that exists as all create some type of dander.

3.  Mold

Mold tends to grow in dark, damp locations such as basements. showers or bathtubs. Mold growth should be contained and cleaned using water, bleach, and detergent.

4.  Pollen

Many people don’t think about pollen having an effect on them indoors but during nice weather, it can be tracked into your home from your clothes, shoes, and pets. Keeping your home clean, pets wiped down, the windows closed and an air conditioning unit running can help keep pollen down in your home.

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