Now that spring and summer are over and fall is here, it is time to shift your attention from seasonal allergies to indoor allergies. If you have never dealt with allergies before, it is possible that you will have a reaction to some of the indoor allergens that are present in nearly any home. Just as with seasonal allergies, there are treatments available that can decrease your symptoms of indoor allergies. Here are the four most common indoor allergies and how to treat them.
House dust is actually comprised of a number of particles, including food particles, fabric particles, and other potential allergens. However, what really makes house dust an allergen is dust mites. Dust mites are tiny arachnids that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and they live in every home regardless of how clean you keep it. If you have an allergy to dust mites, you will likely need to take over-the-counter allergy medication on a daily basis when you are spending more time indoors.
In fall and winter, mold spores can become a problem in your home. If you worry about the lack of humidity in your home during the fall and winter months, you might choose to use a humidifier. If you do and you keep the humidity at over 50 percent in your home, you are inviting mold spores to grow and spread. Make sure that you do not over humidify your home, and take over-the-counter allergy medications if you have symptoms.
Pets are often a cause of indoor allergies, especially in the fall and winter months when you and your pet are spending more time indoors. You will need to bathe your pet regularly and make sure that you keep your home clean if you do not want to encounter allergies due to pet dander and fur. Over-the-counter allergy medications can help.
If you have one of these or other indoor allergies and over-the-counter treatments are no longer working, contact us today for assistance.