Understanding Allergies and Allergens
Many people suffer from allergies. In fact, allergies are one of the most prevalent health conditions in the United States. An allergy is not contagious, but members of a family may share a genetic predisposition toward developing an allergy to certain substances. So it is not uncommon for multiple people in a household to exhibit allergy symptoms simultaneously.
What is an Allergy?
An allergy is a biological overreaction to particles that enter the body or come in contact with the skin. These particles may be harmless to most people, but the immune system of an allergy sufferer perceives them as a threat and produces antibodies to bind with these foreign particles. The chemicals released during this immune response are what lead to the symptoms of an allergy.
Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction include sneezing, sinus congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat and/or itchy, watery eyes. Mild allergies are a chronic problem but are more of an ongoing nuisance than an actual health threat.
However, for some people this same reaction also affects the lungs and airways, leading to asthma symptoms. Asthma is a more severe allergic reaction to inhaled substances. People with asthma may experience chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
What is an Allergen?
Basically, an allergen is any substance that can trigger an allergic reaction. One of the most common allergens is tree and plant pollen. Many allergy sufferers stay indoors as much as possible when high concentrations of pollen are in the outside air. But the truth is, most homes contain pollen too. Just as they contain dust mites, mold, pet dander and other allergens.
Allergens affect indoor air quality as much as they affect outdoor air quality, if not more. In recent years, the trend has been toward more energy-efficient or “tight” homes, which are very well insulated and tightly sealed. As a result, residential homes are actually trapping more allergens, which leads to a long-lasting negative effect on indoor air quality. This is why staying indoors may not always provide relief from allergy symptoms.
An Important Step toward Fighting Household Allergens
If you are sensitive to indoor allergens, you are likely battling your symptoms with medications and immunizations. These may provide some relief, but these methods only address your symptoms..they do nothing to remove the cause. So you will continue to have allergy symptoms as long as you are exposed to the allergens that trigger these symptoms. Why not attempt to eradicate the allergens from your home?
A deep professional cleaning of your living environment is an important first step toward relieving allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. This is because household allergens settle into fabric surfaces like your upholstered furniture, curtains, carpeting, and rugs, making them difficult for homeowners to remove. These particles also find their way into your air ducts and circulate throughout your home every time your furnace or air conditioner comes on.
Metro Duct Cleaners is a professional Minneapolis/St Paul and Surrounding Area duct cleaner. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned, Metro Duct Cleaners will help you. We have duct cleaning equipment that can reach every section of your HVAC system in order to provide you with the cleanest ducts possible. For a free quote, contact us at (651) 252-4654.