What You Need to Know about Indoor Allergens
Fall is ragweed season, which causes misery for millions of people who are allergic to its pollen. In fact, ragweed is considered to be the most significant allergy trigger in the fall, though there are other plants that also release pollen during this time of year. Depending on where a person lives, ragweed pollen may be present up to and through November.
Mold is another common outdoor allergen during the fall. Piles of damp leaves or other organic material make for an ideal place for mold to grow and release spores into the air.
“For those who experience allergies all year long, they should also consider possible indoor allergens that they may be exposed to on a regular basis,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Common indoor contaminants include mold, dust mites, pet dander, latex, insect and rodent allergens. Families should take corrective actions to minimize their exposure or to eliminate the source of the allergen from their home.”
These air quality contaminants can be a concern to people spending time both outdoors and indoors, as these allergens can enter homes and buildings through open doors and windows, on people’s clothes and through air intakes in HVAC systems. For some people, these same airborne allergens could even trigger an asthma attack.
When people who are allergic to these substances come into contact with them, their immune system releases antibodies that attack the allergens. Histamines are released into the body and trigger the allergic reactions common to so many people. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, “Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.”
Source: EMSL Analytical