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It’s ALWAYS Allergy Season Indoors

Starting around March, seasonal allergies become a frequent topic of conversation. Thanks to high pollen counts which trigger the dreaded hay fever, April and May are particularly miserable for millions of Americans.

So if your personal allergy forecast calls for a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and lots of sneezing, we are here to tell you some bad news: Inside your home, seasonal allergies last the whole year. Even worse, your bedroom is typically a (pardon the pun) hotbed for allergy inducers.

Fortunately - and unlike the outdoors - there’s a lot you can do to control your indoor environment and mitigate allergy inducers. The first step is identifying the main culprits. Here’s a list of the worst:

Dust mites: Dust mites are microscopic organisms that like to live in your bed. Why? Because their diet primarily consists of dead skin cells that flake off of people and pets. Dust mites are so tiny, you wouldn’t even know they were there…except for the fact that their feces and discarded exoskeletons are highly potent allergy triggers.

Pollen: Unless you live in a sealed laboratory, every time you open the front door, walk around in your shoes and sit on the couch in clothing you previously wore outside, you’re spreading pollen around your home. Pollen is a powdery substance of microscopic grains discharged from the male portion of a flower or cone. It’s also the most common trigger of seasonal allergies. Once indoors, pollen will get circulated by your home heating and cooling system, and settle on curtains, furniture, and your bed.

Household dust: The composition of household dust will vary based on geography, the inhabitants of the home, the presence of pets, the age of the house, and other variables. Typically, however, household dust will contain a mixture of bacteria, fungi, insect parts, human skin cells, pet dander, soil particles, as well as fibers from carpets. Most of these components are harmless, but some can trigger allergic reactions.

Pet hair: According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, pet hair isn’t an allergen inducer in its own right. However, the hair can collect potential allergens like pet dander (dead skin flakes), as well as saliva, urine, dust, and pollen.

Mold spores: Mold spores are another household allergen that can - at best - trigger reactions, and - at worst - be dangerous to your health. Spores can be carried indoors through an open window and door. They can also emanate from inside the home if the humidity and temperature settings are too high, or in the event of a spill or leak is not properly cleaned up. 

How To Reduce Indoor Allergies

If you want to prevent allergy symptoms in your home, you’ll want to check out our article <LINK>Top “At Home” Tips for Seasonal Allergies<LINK>.

The article will outline a variety of steps you can take to make your home more allergen-free. Among the most important steps? Installing a mattress protector, box spring protector, and pillow protectors. Here’s why:

  • Your mattress, box spring, and pillows are virtual “magnets” for allergens. More importantly, no mattress or pillow can be 100% allergen free all by itself. For total protection, you need air-vapor-porous encasements that properly seal and protect the mattress.
  • In the event of excessive heat and humidity in a bedroom, bed wetting, or a spill on the mattress, encasements prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Encasements seal out dust mites, preventing them from populating your bed.
  • If an existing mattress contains allergens, an encasement can be used to seal them in, where they cannot trigger a reaction.
  • Mattress protectors, box spring protectors, and pillow protectors are washable (unlike your mattress and pillows). This helps you further reduce the number of allergens in your bed.

Allergy Relief Starts In Bed: No matter what the season, the following Protect-A-Bed products can help provide real allergy relief:

 

We’re hope this information is helpful for minimizing allergens in your home!

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