Why having a healthy Indoor Air Quality is important for your allergies
We take about 20,000 breaths each day and spend 90% of our time indoors. Reducing exposure to substances in the environment around us that trigger allergy and asthma symptoms is important. Eliminating these indoor triggers is a great place to start. More than 25 million people in the US have asthma, and allergic asthma is the most common type, affecting around 60% of people with asthma. Both allergic and non-allergic asthma have the same symptoms, such as shortness of breath and wheezing.
Do you know your allergy triggers?
Indoor air can have a lot of allergens, like dust mites, pets, cockroaches and mold. Dust mites are tiny creatures that can be found in many homes. They thrive in furniture, carpets and bedding. People with pet allergies are usually allergic to proteins in the pet’s urine, saliva or dander (dead skin cells). Pet allergens can collect on many surfaces. Sometimes the allergens may remain at high levels for several months and cling to walls, furniture, clothing and other surfaces.
Dust mites and pet dander can be found on:
Mold is a fungus that can be found both indoors and outside. Outdoors, you can find it on rotting wood, damp leaves, and on grasses and grains. When a mold source is disturbed, it can send spores into the air where they can make their way into your sinuses and lungs.
Inside, mold can be found:
- Near sinks, showers and toilets
- Near water leaks, such as from appliances, pipes and roofs
- In basements and damp or humid areas of your home
- In the soil of overwatered houseplants
- On produce
Cockroaches can cause asthma and allergy symptoms year-round. They like warm conditions, damp places and food sources. Even dead cockroaches can cause reactions.
Indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air quality. You can improve your indoor air quality by reducing the sources of allergens and irritants in your home.
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