As many readers here at The Fun Times Guide to Health may know, I suffer from spring allergies.
However, what I’m learning is that I may have been suffering from indoor allergens, too.
Growing up, I lived in one-half of a single-story duplex, and my family and I had many belongings in our small home. Mom used to call it “clean dirt” because, sure, we had a lot of clutter, but everything was kept relatively tidy.
Shelves and furniture were dusted regularly, carpets were vacuumed, and hard surfaces were cleaned frequently, too.
Our home was carpeted, we had a cat, and we had upholstered furnishings, like most anybody else has. A huge oak tree also stood in our front yard and partially covered the roof of our home.
You may be wondering why I am mentioning seemingly random things about my home.
Well, as I am learning, those are just a few of the many factors that can contribute to indoor allergens. They can harbor in some of the most unexpected places, and exacerbate symptoms for those who already suffer from allergies that originate outdoors.
Here’s a list of 8 of the most surprising places that indoor allergens reside inside the home:
#1 Around windows – Remember that oak tree I mentioned above? Turns out pollen could have easily infiltrated through the cracks around windows, near the window frame and sash.
#2 On the carpet – I’ve been hearing a lot about carpet harboring indoor allergens. You can track pollen and other allergens into your home on your shoes and then deposit them into the fiber of your carpeting and rugs.
#3 In your bed – Some individuals have a hard time sleeping with somebody else. Turns out, I sleep with some 6 million dust mites every night. Ewwwwww! Know what’s even grosser? It’s their waste that is an indoor allergen! Fortunately, it’s pretty simple to evict most of these nasty friends and their disgusting poo from bedding.
#4 On your pet – Contrary to popular belief, it’s not animal fur, per se, that’s an allergen. Rather, it’s the saliva and proteins that are secreted in sweat glands and turn up in your pet’s dander that people are allergic to.
#5 On shower curtains – It adds a little pain to the punishment to think that my shower curtain, which surrounds my shower – the very place I go to wash away the indoor allergens – could, in fact, be aggravating my allergies. Well, consider this: your shower stall is a wet place. And guess what likes wet places? Mold! Wet shower curtains are a breeding ground for mold.
#6 In the air – Mold just seems to be everywhere. In fact, when it comes to your home, it probably is. Mold isn’t merely a seasonal problem, but rather something that can thrive all year round — especially in areas of the home such as the bathroom.
#7 On your shoes – Wet shoes are a prime place to find indoor allergens. Just think about it for a second: wet (mold and mildew) shoes (pollen). Yeah, I think that’s a double whammy against my nose if you ask me. My fiancée’s zoo job entails mucking out animal habitats, too… which means she inadvertently is bringing home pet allergens, too. I’d call that an indoor allergen trifecta!
#8 Underneath furniture – While stale, cracked chips and pocket change are common finds between furniture cushions, dust mites are pretty populous under the furniture. Gross.
Clearly, the 3 most common indoor allergens — dust mites, indoor mold, and pet dander — are probably lurking around your home right now.
We’ve only covered 8 of the more unusual places that indoor allergens tend to hide. If you have indoor allergies, then you’ll probably want to explore further all of the places they hide, along with the top ways to keep your home allergen-free.
These sites have some of the most helpful tips for removing indoor allergens from your house:
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