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Indoor Allergens

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Indoor allergen facts

  • House dust is a mixture of components that can cause allergies.
  • Dust mites thrive in warm, humid places.
  • Cockroach allergy can be a major factor in serious asthma and nasal allergy.
  • Symptoms of hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and asthma can be caused by the inhalation of mold spores.
  • The "dander," or skin shedding of an animal, is more potent in causing allergic reactions than the animal's fur or hair.
  • About 6% of the population is allergic to cats.
  • Indoor plants, especially those that are kept in damp wicker baskets, are a source of molds.

What are allergens?

Allergens are substances that are foreign to the body and can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Allergens are everywhere in the world around us. Examples of common allergens are pollen, foods, and mold.

Your living environment may contain a variety of animal and plant life, most of which can become a source for allergens, the triggers of allergic reactions. Pollens are the main cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis. However, if your nasal stuffiness, sneezing, watery eyes, and constant postnasal drip bother you year-round, then you most likely have nonseasonal hay fever, sometimes referred to as perennial allergic rhinitis. This condition is typically caused by indoor allergens such as dust mites, cockroach parts, mold, and animal dander.

Understanding the nature and location of common and indoor sources of allergy is fundamental. The key to managing allergies that are caused by indoor allergens involves reducing your level of exposure to them or avoiding them entirely, if possible.

This article describes some of the most common sources of allergens found inside the home environment.


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Indoor Allergens - Dust Mites at Home Question: How do you control dust mites in your house? Do you clean frequently?
Indoor Allergens - Cockroaches Question: Share the steps you've taken to control cockroaches in your home. Do you have any natural remedies to prevent infestation?
Indoor Allergens - Pollens and Houseplants Question: Which indoor plants have been a source of mold or allergens at your house?
Indoor Allergens - Pets Question: How do you deal with allergies caused by household pets? Have you ever had to give away a pet?
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