Indoor Allergens (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Indoor allergens facts
- What are allergens?
- What actually is house dust?
- What are dust mites?
- What conditions are most favorable to dust mites?
- How do dust mites cause allergic symptoms?
- Can cockroaches cause allergic symptoms?
- What about allergies to molds?
- What about allergies to pets?
- What about allergies to indoor pollens and houseplants?
- Find a local Asthma & Allergy Specialist in your town
What about allergies to indoor pollens and houseplants?
It is surprising, considering how frequently outdoor pollens cause allergies, that few indoor plants are troublesome. Indoor plants are more leafy than flowering and do not pollinate as much as outdoor plants. Some offending indoor plants are the weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), which can cause eye allergies, and the flowering maple (Alutilon hybridum), which can cause asthma.
Indoor plants, especially those that are kept in damp wicker baskets, are a source of molds. Plant terrariums and large indoor plants are culprits as well. Dried flowers and live Christmas trees should also be avoided, as they are common carriers of molds.
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Medscape Reference. "Indoor Aeroallergens." eMedicine. 4 Aug. 2010. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/137911-overview>.
Last Editorial Review: 3/23/2012
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