Tips for reducing indoor allergy attacks
Itchy, watery eyes? Sneezing? Stuffy nose?
Allergy season is upon us, but for some it’s what’s in the house that’s causing the problem. Indoor allergens can be just as cumbersome as outdoor allergens and can thrive year round.
It’s important to know what triggers your indoor allergies so you may rid your home of these microscopic pests. The top five allergens in the home are dust mites, indoor mold, cockroaches, cat dander and dog dander, according to Dr. A. Erika Morris, allergy and asthma specialist practicing in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
To avoid or reduce your dust mite exposure Dr. Morris suggests:
- Put dust mite proof covers on your mattresses and pillows.
- Wash your bed sheets in HOT water once a week.
- Have someone else vacuum your home! Or better yet, get rid of carpets.
- Use central heat and air. Do not use humidifiers.
Other useful information to help with indoor 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 percent of the population is allergic to cats.
- Indoor plants, especially those that are kept in damp wicker baskets, are a source of molds.
Still suffering from allergies? Make an appointment with Dr. Morris with Allergy and Asthma Specialists, located at 1045 North Highland Avenue in Murfreesboro, by calling 615-848-6960.