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Allergies are defined as the reaction your immune system undergoes in response to an exposure to an allergen.   Te IgE antibodies trigger the release of inflammatory chemicals in your body such as histamine, which swells the mucous membranes in your nose, sinuses and eyes, causing those all too familiar runny noses, watery eyes and sneezing.   Over 50 million North Americans suffer from allergies specifically attributed to home biopollutants, and allergies and asthma are the leading causes for absenteeism from work and school.  

Allergies caused by indoor pollutants can be broken down into five types:

  • Hay fever is normally associated with outdoor pollen, but can be linked to indoor triggers as well.   Hay fever tends to be worse in childhood, and can develop into a more serious condition such as asthma.
  • Dust Mite allergies are often mistaken as an allergic reaction to dust, but it is the mite droppings and carcasses that attach themselves to dust that cause the reaction.   This is the most common cause of perennial allergy symptoms.
  • Pet Dander is very sticky, adheres to most surfaces and when exposed to eyes and lungs, can cause a reaction.   Cats are the cause of most pet allergies.
  • Mould in large quantities can affect those who are sensitive to it, and it is important to limit the exposure to it as soon as possible.
  • Chemicals can also trigger allergies, coming from the cleaning products you use to the materials that are used to build or renovate your home.   Scented products should be avoided by those with allergies.
  • Runny Nose
  • Frequent Sneezing
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy / Watery Eyes
  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Skin Rash / Hives
  • Cough / Congestion
  • Irritated Roof of Mouth / Throat
  • Allergic Shiners (dark circles)
  • Facial Pressure and Pain
  • Use a Dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce the relative humidity to less than 50%, as most allergens thrive in humid conditions
  • Install a Central Air Filtration System in your home to remove the airborne allergens.   
  • Encase mattresses, box springs and bedding in Anti-Allergen Encasings
  • Wash bedding in hot water (130 degrees) once a week as cold and warm water will not kill dust mites
  • Consider getting rid of carpet in the bedroom
  • Try to keep pets out of the bedroom
  • Keep as little clutter in the home as possible, store unused items in plastic tubs
  • Be sure to use a damp cloth when dusting
  • Limit the places where allergens tend to settle (Use hard floor surfaces instead of carpet, leather or vinyl furniture instead of upholstery, etc.)
  • Keep your Air Ducts Clean so they are not redistributing allergens back into the air
  • Use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter, (or central vac. if the unit is in the garage), and ensure it is done at least once a week.  
  • Disinfecting your bathroom regularly with All Natural Cleaning Products will reduce mould and bacteria in that area
  • Increasing ventilation by opening windows or installing a Heat Recovery Ventilator
  • Do not smoke indoors
  • Service your furnace and chimney regularly to ensure easy breathing.  
If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, call Home Heroes today for a Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Assessment of your home to learn what is in the air that your family breathes. We will provide your family with a home maintenance plan suited to your specific needs!
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