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Find Allergens in the House



A number of common allergens can be found in the home.

Millions of people suffer from allergies to various substances in the home. Pollen, as well as dust mites and pet dander that you can hardly see can trigger mighty reactions in the form of sneezing, eye watering and coughing. Fortunately, many allergy symptoms can be alleviated.





 


  1. Dust Mites

    • Dust mites are common allergens found in normal house dust. They also thrive in bedding and soft furnishings. Allergy symptoms include sneezing, wheezing and nasal drip. Alleviate symptoms by using an air purifier, vacuum or steam cleaner. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends encasing mattresses, box springs and pillows in allergy-proof covers.

       



       

    Pollen


    • Although pollen is commonly considered an outdoor allergen, it can sneak into your home in the early spring. Symptoms of a pollen allergy include runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. Use an air purifier, or vacuum frequently to minimize pollen in your home.

    Pets

    • Pet dander -- from cats, gerbils, hamsters and other pets -- is a common cause of indoor allergies. Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness and wheezing. Air purifiers and frequent vacuuming can alleviate symptoms. If you are highly allergic to pets, it is best to find other homes for them or minimize contact.
       


       

    Mold


    • Mold is often found in moist, dark places in the home, such as the basement and the bathroom. Symptoms of mold allergies include runny nose, coughing, wheezing and sneezing. The Sylvane Learning Center recommends using a dehumidifier to minimize the moisture mold needs to grow. You should also clean up mold growth as soon as it appears and repair leaking roofs or pipes as soon as possible. Be especially vigilant about black mold, which poses an extreme health risk to babies and young children.
       


       

    Formaldehyde

    • Formaldehyde is a chemical used in many home and building products. Examples include adhesives, air fresheners, drapes, floor polishes, glue, dyes, markers, paint and toilet cleaners. For some people, even a small amount can trigger a severe reaction. Symptoms include burning of the eyes and throat, tightness in the chest, fatigue and headaches. To relieve symptoms, use an air purifier that is designed to remove chemicals in the air.

 
 

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