Dust and allergens affect more than 50 million US citizens annually. Of those, 10 million are affected by mainly dust allergens. When fall begins here in Texas we can expect to be in full force for allergy season. The main culprits are spores released by pollen, mold spores, pet dander, insects, and dust mites. A large source of air debris is forced into the air from hot climates such as the deserts and can stay in the jet stream for long periods of time. Over time they make their way into our houses and into our bodies and at that point our bodies defenses are put on alert.
The average household dust consists of many different components. These include but not limited to, bugs, cockroaches, pet dander, mold spores, dust mites and air pollution. I know this is disgusting but the saliva, fecal matter and dead body parts of insects can mix with indoor air and potentially cause allergic reactions.
Many symptoms are watery eyes, itchy eyes/throat and nose. Some people get a stuffy nose or swollen throat and possible ear issues. Headaches are common as well as uncontrollable sneezing.
Your immune systems overplays to everyday dust, pollen, dander or mold spores. This overreaction triggers your body to fight back to remove the allergy intruder. And the waterworks begin, runny nose/eyes the itching etc. Everyone is different so the symptoms vary.
The main Texas culprits are Ragweed pollen, grass pollen, Cedar tree pollen, mold spores, airborne dust, and dust mites. Did you know that ragweed pollens can float for over 400 miles. The Dallas metroplex has been ranked as one of the worst places for ragweed allergens. Grass pollen includes Ryegrass, Bermuda, and Timothy types of grass. These pollens can cause many allergy symptoms for many people. They usually start in March and last until October each year. Mold spores are another allergen that we need to watch out for. These can cause hay fever symptoms such as, watery nose/eyes, nasal congestion and itching to name a few.
We love our pets; they bring us unconditional love. Yet, pet dander can cause us to have allergy symptoms. Their dander (dead cells from their skin) over time dry’s. Pet saliva once dried from bedding or furniture may become airborne too. Then it will get into the air and circulate throughout your house and may trigger allergies. As pets go outside they track in dirt, bugs, pollens etc. This adds up over weeks and presto. More allergens for your body and immune system to contend with. No fun.
One of the best ways to mitigate allergies is to clean you home regularly. Dust settles everywhere, furniture, shelves, inside/outside of vents, and walls. Bedrooms are especially prone to collecting dust. Beddings, sheets, fancy pillows, and furniture collect like magnets. Ask yourself, when was the last time you seriously vacuumed your couch? Well, dust has been collecting since the last time. This can be many years in some instances.
Now you can work to minimize these symptoms by working to keep your house dust free. Take weekly precautionary actions to keep your house living dust levels to a minimum. As you know, allergies are no fun. They can ruin your day or even week. You don’t feel good so you day can be wasted.
Lower your allergy risk by cleaning. A1 professionals will keep your house clean. We offer different levels of cleaning to better help you stay on budget. We will dust your house to minimize unacceptable levels. Your house will smell, feel, and look much cleaner!!