Your home should be a haven, free of allergens and symptom-causing pests. To ensure your haven is allergy-free, it’s important to identify the most common indoor allergens and take steps to eliminate them in your home. Take a look:
Indoor Allergen: Pet Dander
If your fur baby is making you sneeze, don’t worry – you’re not allergic to them necessarily. You might be allergic to a protein found in their saliva and skin cells.
Indoor Allergen: Dust Mites
Dust mites thrive in a warm, humid environment. They live in soft fabric such as furniture or bedding. Their presence may cause allergy symptoms such as a rash, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.
Indoor Allergen: Rodents
Rodents such as mice or rats can cause tremendous health issues, including allergy flare-ups. Their feces and dander can be detrimental to a person who is allergic to them.
Indoor Allergen: Pests
Common household pests such as cockroaches can make your allergies flare due to their feces, body parts, and eggs being stirred into the air. They thrive in dark places and especially near food sources.
What can be done about indoor allergens?
Finding and eliminating the source of the allergen is the first step. If you deal with rodents and pests, it’s important to call an exterminator to eradicate them from their dwelling place or find how they’re getting into your home.
Dust mites and pet dander require a different approach. We don’t want you to part with your beloved pet, so it’s important to teach the immune system not to overreact when it contacts pet dander.
We can also teach the immune system not to overreact when dust mites are near. Adding dust mite-proof bedding and washing bedding in extremely hot water to kill active mites is a must.
Immunotherapy can greatly help!
If you can’t eliminate the allergen source completely, immunotherapy is a great treatment option to help your allergy symptoms. It will teach your immune system to tolerate the “invader,” and not produce histamine which produces allergy symptoms. Give us a call today with your questions: 478-787-4728.