Ah, Spring!  What a great time of year!  The weather is warming up, leaves are starting to return, and flowers are starting to bloom.  Just go outside and breathe in the fresh air…and try not to sneeze!  For about 50 million Americans (around 15% of the total population), allergies make spring a time of runny noses, headaches, and medicine.  In this series of posts, we’ll share some of the common allergy issues, causes of allergies in a house, and how Nest Egg Home Inspections can help.

 

According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the US.  For children, specifically, it is the most common health issue.  Normal symptoms include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, or a cough.  Skin allergies add to this list with rashes, swollen eyes, or even stomach issues.  And this comes at a financial cost too of approximately $18 billion a year, including doctor visits, medication, etc.!

 

The most common allergens around our area are trees, weeds, and grass pollen.  But other allergens come from mold spores, dust mites, and cockroaches.  Also included are our family pets – cats and dogs – which, by some estimates, affect as many as three in ten people.  (By the way, cat allergies are more common than dog allergies.)

 

Outside of finding a miraculous cure for allergies, the question is – how do we deal with it? The options are either through medical help or by controlling the allergens themselves.  While we can’t help with the medical side, we do have some advice and help on controlling the allergens.

 

Generally, here is a list of things you can do to help control allergens in your house:

    -proper ventilation through the use of windows and a clean running HVAC system    

    -indoor air cleaners

    -control dust mites 

    -vacuum regularly

    -prevent pet dander

    -reduce moisture in your house

    -fix leaks immediately

    -clean any organic growth (often mold) if found

    -control cockroaches

Check out our other posts for more information about air quality testing and ways to remove common allergens from your home!