Mites, mold, pet hair… How to avoid allergens at home?

Mites, mold, pet hair… How to avoid allergens at home?

In Spain there are more than nine million people with allergies. Cases do not stop increasing and it is estimated that by 2050 half of the Spanish population will have some type of allergy.

The climatic conditions and pollution environmental, as well as harmful habits like tobaccohe sedentary lifestyle or the Overweight, not having received breastfeeding or genetic disposition could be behind this increase.

1 – The allergic rhinitismainly caused by sensitivity to pollen, dust and mites, es one of the most prevalent allergies.

2 – They are followed by food allergieswhich can manifest themselves against a wide variety of foods, such as nuts, eggs, seafood or cow’s milk.

3 – Also the atopic dermatitiswhich is associated with the sensitivity to certain environmental and chemical allergens,

4 – Allergy to pet hairwhich can cause respiratory reactions.

Allergy to mites and fungi is related to humidity levels. /AdobeStock

And these allergens not only affect the outside.

The home can also be the worst scenario for allergic people.

From dust to mitespassing through mold and pet hairour daily environment can trigger annoying allergic reactions and even put our health at risk.

How to avoid allergies at home (and why you should ventilate)

As pointed out by the Dr. Silvia Martínezallergist at Grupo Policlínica, these allergies can significantly affect the quality of life of those who suffer from them and require medical attention and specific care for their management.

“There is solid scientific evidence of the close relationship between ventilation of home and health.”

Lack of proper ventilation leads to the accumulation of pollutants and allergens in the air, which can trigger health problems such as allergies, asthma, and other respiratory disorders.

However, it is also important to pay attention to humidity control and the removal of specific contaminants. Good cleaning, however, is essential, although ventilation becomes one of the best tools.

Mites, one of the most abundant pests / https://www.flickr.com/people/155623578@N06

Measures for an allergen-free home

To establish a regular maintenance program to keep the house free of allergens, such as periodically cleaning air ducts, changing air filters and controlling humidity. Likewise, it is necessary to carry out a daily cleaning of furniture with a damp cloth, vacuum floors often and change bedding frequently.
Avoid using rugs. It is preferable to opt for wooden, tile or laminate floors instead of carpets, which tend to accumulate dust and allergens.
Control humidity. Mold is a common allergy trigger and can thrive in damp areas. It is advisable to use dehumidifiers in moisture-prone areas, such as bathrooms and basements, and fix any water leaks as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.
Install a high efficiency air filter. A purifier with a HEPA filter can be a good investment to eliminate allergens in the home, especially useful for people with severe allergies.
Ventilate adequately and for sufficient time. Between 10 and 20 minutes is the recommended time to keep the house well ventilated. In good weather, we can even leave the windows open longer. A home design that ensures good air circulation and reduces humidity greatly helps prevent the proliferation of mold and mites.

Pet hair is one of the most common allergens / Pixabay

Dr. Martínez explains to us that “it is It is essential that the inhabitants of the home understand the importance of identifying and controlling these allergens to maintain a healthier and more comfortable environment.”

“With spring in full swing and pollen on the rise, it is even more necessary to take proactive steps to reduce exposure to allergens in the home.”

2024-05-18 04:25:06
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