Allergies are a major cause of illness in the United States.As many as 50 million people - about 1 in 5 – have allergies and it’s the sixth largest cause of chronic disease in the US.And sadly, this includes millions of children.When a person has indoor or home allergies, the body’s immune system mistakenly reacts to substances such as dust, pet dander, mold or animal saliva, as invaders.These substances are called allergens.They do not cause allergy symptoms for most people, but in people with one of these allergies, an allergic reaction occurs as the immune system tries to fight off the allergen.
Common indoor or home allergens include:
Pet allergies – People who are allergic to animals are allergic to their pet’s dander (small scales of skin they shed) or their saliva, but not to their fur or feathers.
Dust allergies – House dust carries many tiny particles in it including pollen, mold spores, clothing fibers, detergents, animal dander, bacteria, germs, viruses, small parts of cockroaches, food particles, tiny insects called dust mites and other debris.
Other irritants in the environment – Smoke, fumes from industries or cleaning products, tobacco, powder and laundry detergents can cause allergy-like symptoms even though there is no immune system reaction to them.
Allergens enter the body through the eyes, airways or on the skin leading to symptoms such as:
Learning about allergens and taking action to reduce your exposure to them can make the difference between breathing easy and wheezing.
Since you spend approximately 8 hours a day in bed, a good place to start is your bed, one of the leading allergy-causing areas because dust mites thrive there. Physicians and the National Institutes of Health recommend encasing your bedding as one of the most important steps towards allergen avoidance. We offer quality allergy controlling encasings for beds and pillows that have been clinically proven to be the most effective encasings available.Also, wash your bedding in hot water with our allergen-fighting detergent or laundry additives. Controlling mold allergy is another problem you face.Molds are microscopic fungi that are made up of clusters of filaments and live on plant or animal matter which they decompose for their nourishment. Many molds reproduce by releasing spores into the air which settle on organic matter and grow into new mold clusters. Mold flourishes in dark, damp places that are poorly ventilated and in areas where water pools.If you find evidence of mold, take steps to kill spores and prevent further growth. Ridding your home of mold and mildew is an important step towards allergy prevention. Take action by following these simple steps:
Check humidity levels with our humidity and temperature gauge to keep it below 50%.
Remove moldy items and use one of our dehumidifiers to keep your basement dry.
Avoid having carpet in bathrooms, basements and other damp areas. With our complete line of floor coverings, we can help you find a better option.
Clean all visible mold using our mold inhibitor cleaner to preventfuture growth.
Use one of our air cleaners and vent/furnace filters to removeairborne spores.
Use our air sterilizer with convection heat to reduce the spreadof mold spores.
Add a mold inhibitor to paint before applying.
Install exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom
These are some excellent solutions for controlling problems with allergies and asthma.