Are indoor allergies seasonal?

There are certain times of the year when allergy symptoms seem to occur more than others, and you might have heard or even used the phrase “allergy season” in conversations with family or friends. Some types of allergies seem to be triggered by specific events, such as when trees and plants release more pollen, especially during spring and summer. This is why so many seasonal allergy sufferers prepare for what they call “allergy season” by stocking up on allergy relief medications, changing their wardrobe for pollen-filled days or opting to stay indoors when pollen and mold are high.

Often overlooked in these scenarios is the fact that indoor air is significantly worse than outdoor air. In homes, dust, mold, pet dander, and insects can trigger allergies, and cleaning alone will not be able to remove them all. There are various types of allergens, and they can linger in the air or collect on surfaces such as furniture and floors. Poor indoor air quality contributes to the buildup of these allergens inside your homes. The fact is, it doesn’t matter if you only suffer from one type of seasonal allergy; exposure to these hard-to-avoid allergens may trigger symptoms at any time. Some people may also find that their allergies get worse indoors for this reason.

This is why it is important to know what are the allergy triggers inside your home and how you can improve your indoor air quality to avoid and reduce your exposure to allergens.

What are indoor allergens?

Allergic reactions and asthma symptoms are triggered and worsened because of indoor allergens. There is evidence that more than half of the homes in the US have at least 6 detectable allergens, with over 45% reporting three of those allergens at a high level. The most common indoor allergens are:

  • Pets
  • Bedding
  • Indoor plants and flowers
  • Fabrics on furniture, carpets and curtains
  • Damp and dirty walls
  • Pillows and sheets that are not regularly washed in hot water
  • Spaces that are left damp and warm
  • Smoking
  • Cockroaches and other insects
  • Latex products
  • Aerosol sprays

I have an air purifying device, is that good enough?

Studies do show that air cleaners can help in capturing and neutralizing some of the harmful pollutants that may cause allergies and asthma. However, they cannot eliminate all of the aggravating allergens that are inside your home. Allergens vary in type and size, and most can be found on surfaces which may not be likely removed by air cleaners.

They can complement other good indoor air quality measures such as regular cleaning, adequate ventilation and continuous monitoring of your air quality so that you can get rid of the sources of allergy and asthma triggers inside your home.

Can I prevent reactions to indoor allergens?

Avoiding exposure to harmful pollutants and eliminating them from your home are two of the best ways to prevent allergic reactions and asthma symptoms. You can stay on top of your allergies when you create an environment with optimal indoor air quality.

#StaySmartandHealthy as you stay indoors. #getuHoo today.

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