Healthy Homes

Common allergens found in a home

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 16:06

Allergies are a common illness that affect many Americans. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. citizens or 50 million people suffer from allergies, and while some people suffer through what is labeled as short-term allergies, a growing number of people are experiencing the illness as a chronic, year-round ailment. 
According to Sylvane, the most common symptom of allergies is rhinitis, which is also referred to as hay fever. Rhinitis is the inflammation of the nasal membranes and is indicated by an itchy, runny nose, congestion and sneezing. The National Center of Health Statistics claims that the chronic suffering of rhinitis impacts 32 million adults. While allergies are non-life threatening because it is the abnormal response of the immune system to defend against usually harmless environmental substances, the condition is hardly comforting. 
The source claims that almost any fine particulate matter can trigger an allergic reaction. The most common allergens found in a home are dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds, fragrance and smoke. Pollen is often the cause of seasonal allergies because exposure drastically increases during certain seasons when trees, grasses and flowers are blooming. Animal dander is created by the proteins secreted by oil glands in an animal's skin and present in saliva. According to Medicine.Net, the allergy can take two or more years to develop and symptoms may not subside until months after contact has ended. 
Homeowners who are susceptible to allergies, regardless of whether they are chronic or seasonal, may want to consider installing radiant floor heating in their home. The utility solution can drastically reduce the spread of common allergens in the home because, unlike forced hot air systems, it does not push the fine particulate matter around the house.