Spring can be a rough time for people who suffer from allergies. For some, even being indoors may not bring you any relief. If your runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes follow you inside, that’s a sign that your home air quality may be compromised by a number of common indoor allergens. To find relief from your symptoms, the first step is to understand what allergy triggers may exist in your home, and then how to eliminate them.
Common Spring Indoor Allergens
Pollen – The minute plants begin to bloom pollen begins to roam. But it doesn’t just plague you in your backyard garden. It can find its way inside your home through open windows or doors, or even clinging to your pet’s fur.
Dust – The four-season allergen. Dust is composed of dead skin cells, fabric fibers, dust mites, pet dander, and more. For people with sensitive allergies, it can be a trigger all year long.
Dust mites – Dust mites are microscopic insects that feed on human skin flakes. They are one of the most common allergy triggers and are active year round, but they tend to thrive best in the summer months when temperatures rise above 70 degrees and humidity levels exceed 40%.
Pet dander – Dander is a protein found in fluids secreted from most household pets that can collect in your pet’s hair. Your clothing can also be a carrier for pet dander.
Mold – Mold thrives in warm, humid conditions, so any areas in your home where moisture collects become especially prone to mold growth during the spring and summer. Danger zones tend to be kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
Minimize Indoor Allergy Symptoms
- Give your house a thorough spring cleaning to eliminate accumulations of dust.
- Vacuum and dust regularly throughout the season to keep dust to a minimum.
- Although the prospect of a fresh breeze is enticing, if you’re sensitive to allergens you should keep windows closed to prevent airborne allergens from entering your home.
- Refrain from drying laundry outside so that it doesn’t collect allergens that will be brought indoors and will cling to you all day long.
- Wash pet dogs regularly to minimize dander.
- Run vent fans after cooking or showering.
- Regularly wipe down bathroom and kitchen surfaces with a bleach-based cleaning solution.