Important Facts of Indoor Allergens

Allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever, atopy or simple allergy to an allergen can be avoided, if it is possible to avoid allergens. As we spent most of our time at home (indoor), it is important to know how to avoid them and avoid indoor allergens. Many people spent much more time indoor these days, especially the professionals who work from home online. It is therefore more important for them to know how to avoid indoor allergens.

The problem of indoor allergen is much more these days than few decades back, due to changing of home environmental conditions by use of various furnishing, such as use of soft furniture, carpeting, central heating, air conditioning etc. As a result the indoor ventilation has gone down drastically and air pollution and humidity of indoor air has increased. The common indoor allergens are dust mite, pets and various insects such as cockroaches.

Some important facts about indoor allergen:

  • The highest concentration of dust allergens and dust mites are found in your bed, where you spent 6-8 hours daily for sleeping. As a result your are exposed to high dust allergens for 6-8 hours a day. Hence, reduction of dust mite is possible by reducing dust in your bed, by using freshly washed bed-sheets, pillow covers daily. Instead of sweeping the bedroom, use vacuum cleaner to reduce dust in bedroom. Sundry your mattresses and pillows regularly.
  • Your children may get exposed to insect allergens at school or at home. Make sure to keep insects such as cockroaches out of your home to reduce exposure to allergens.

  • Exposure to pet allergen is most common at living room, where your pet may have access. To reduce exposure to pet allergy, best to get rid of your pet, if not possible to get rid of your pet, restrict entry of your pet to only one room in the house and make arrangement to reduce pet allergy.
  • In public places, exposure to various allergen is possible such as dust allergy (although dust mite is low in public areas), pet allergy (airborne route), pollen allergy etc.

If you are atopic, exposure to allergen will lead to development of allergic symptoms and you should avoid the known allergen, especially indoor allergens.

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