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How to Survive Indoor Allergies

Many people suffer from allergy symptoms in the home. Chances are your house is filled with dust, dust mites, mould, and other allergy triggers you can’t see.

If you’re prone to itchy eyes and a runny nose when you step inside, there are a few ways to keep your indoor allergies under control. Follow these tips to reduce the allergens in your home and minimise your allergy symptoms.

Know Your Indoor Allergy Symptoms

It’s important to know how to differentiate your allergy symptoms from cold and flu symptoms, as they can often get confused. Allergy symptoms can hang around for weeks, while cold and flu symptoms generally last 5-10 days.

Common symptoms of indoor allergies include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose (clear)
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Postnasal drip.

If you’re experiencing coloured nasal discharge (green or yellow) or body aches and chills, you may have a cold. Be sure to visit your doctor as these symptoms can indicate a more serious health problem.

Identify the Trigger to Your Allergy

Houses can play host to many allergens that can trigger allergy symptoms. The most common triggers include dust, dust mites, mould, pet dander, and cockroaches.

Dust

They may be tiny, but dust particles can cause big trouble for those who are prone to allergies and asthma. Dust is mostly made up of dead skin cells and dirt and pollen tracked in from outside, and can build up anywhere in the home, from floors and table surfaces to furniture and windowsills. If you have a dust allergy, you might find your symptoms are aggravated by cleaning.

Dust Mites

These microscopic bugs feed on dead skin cells and produce harmful allergens with their faeces. Allergy symptoms aren’t caused by a bite or a sting, they’re caused by the waste dust mites leave behind. They can be found in warm, humid environments, and like to hang out in carpets, bedding, and upholstery.

Mould

When airborne mould spores are inhaled, they can trigger allergy and hay fever symptoms. Mould thrives in humid environments, and will generally be found in the kitchen or bathroom, where steam and moisture are more prevalent.

Pet Dander

Your furry friend could be causing you more harm than good. Pet dander is a combination of dead skin cells and hair shed by your dog or cat. If your pet lives inside, pet dander will likely make up a large part of the dust in your home.

Cockroaches

Ever turn on the kitchen light at night to find a cockroach crawling over the bread? Cockroaches’ saliva, faeces, and shedding body parts can trigger allergy symptoms. Another reason to buy those cockroach baits!

If you’re experiencing indoor allergies, it’s a good idea to visit an allergy specialist. Allergists can perform special tests to determine what’s triggering your symptoms and help you take steps to reduce your symptoms.

Ways to Keep Your Indoor Allergies in Check

If you’re sick of sneezing every time you enter your home, there are ways you can take control your allergies. From eliminating the allergens in your home to using medication, there are a couple of ways to help reduce your allergy symptoms.

Minimise the Presence of Allergens in Your Home

  • Keep your carpets clean. Professional carpet steam cleaning can help remove dust and dust mites from your carpets. Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year.
  • Wash your bedding at least once a week in hot water (130°C is the magic number for killing dust mites).
  • Use washable curtains instead of horizontal blinds – and remember to wash them!
  • Use dust-mite-proof encasings on your mattresses and pillows.
  • Keep your pets outdoors, or limit them to one room in the house. At the very least, put a ban on your bedrooms.
  • Control cockroaches with traps from your local hardware store.
  • Maintain temperature between 20°C-22°C and keep relative humidity no higher than 50%.
  • Minimise the humidity in your home by opening windows and using exhaust fans. Dehumidifiers are a great way to reduce the humidity in your home during the hotter months.

Use Medication

From over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal sprays to prescribed medications, there are several options for reducing your allergy symptoms. If you visit an allergy specialist, they’ll be able to determine your allergy triggers and prescribe the appropriate medication or solution.

Want to banish the allergens from your house? Get in touch with our friendly team of cleaning professionals for a cleaner and healthier home.

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