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May Is Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month
If you have sneezing spells, watery eyes or a runny or stuffy nose that lasts for weeks, you could have allergic rhinitis, commonly known as seasonal allergies, or hay fever.
Many of us don’t realize that our homes harbor many irritants that cause allergic reactions. Dust mites, mold and animal dander are the most common household irritants. They can be harmless for some, but for others, the immune system treats these substances as invaders.
Dust and Dust Mites
Dust can contain many allergy triggers including tiny fabric fibers, animal dander, bacteria, mold spores, bits of food and plants and dust mites.
Dust mites are tiny organisms that live in dust and fibers that aren't often washed, so you typically find them in mattresses, bed linens, carpeting and furniture.
Molds are microscopic fungi that release spores into the air. They can be found wherever it's damp: the bathroom, basement, windowsills and around plumbing.
Pet allergies are usually caused by sensitivities to the proteins found in the pet’s skin cells as well as in their saliva. Pet dander can result in an increase in dust mites, so even if you are not allergic to your pet you may still react if you are allergic to dust mites.
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