Airborne allergens can be a nightmare to deal with. They attack your body’s immune system triggering an allergic response. This might include stuffy sinus passageways, dry cough, itchy eyes, and even headaches. Those are just a few of the main symptoms that can happen. Everyone reacts to allergens a little bit differently.
Sometimes these allergies can be seasonal, while others you may be susceptible to year round, which is a constant problem that affects your daily life. You might even miss days of work or children who have trouble focusing in school, since they feel so miserable.
Here are our top ten airborne allergens and how to deal with them!
- Tree pollen
- Grass pollen
- Weed pollen
- Mold spores
- Cat dander
- Dog dander
- House dust mites
- Other dander and organic fibres
What can we do?
- Air quality – The most important measure you can take is to get a really good air purifier to remove any impurities from the air such as dust, pet dander, pollen, dust mites and odours
- Fabrics – Fabrics have a tendency to trap dust, which is a trigger for allergies. So curtains should be washed regularly, or change to blinds which can be wiped down. Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed daily and washed frequently.
- Bedding – The bed can be a big problem area for allergens if not cared for properly. Encasing pillows, mattresses and box springs in anti-allergy covers will reduce the build-up of dust mites and their faeces. All bedding should be washed frequently at temperatures above 60 degrees. Pillows should be washed every 3 months or replaced every 6 months to avoid dust mites making your pillows their home.
- Surfaces – Dusted often with a damp cloth to prevent more dust becoming airborne