Know the Signs of Indoor Allergies
By Sara Butler
Allergies are no laughing matter, and if you happen to be allergic to something in your home or at your office, it can be even worse. Here are some of the signs you should be on the lookout for in your workplace or at home to help you determine what is causing your allergies.
What Can You Be Allergic To?
There are many things you can be allergic to in your own home or at work – even at school. The air can carry pet dander, cockroach debris, mold spores and dust mite droppings. The reason homes and office buildings are so inviting to these things is partly because of temperatures and also moisture. Dust mites love to live in places above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and leaky roofs or pipes make a great place for mold to grow.
If you have indoor allergies you may experience one or all of the following:
- Runny nose
- Red, itchy and watery eyes
- Scratchy throat
Another symptom can be dark, bluish circles under the eyes. Often, this is a sign that allergies are behind your symptoms.
If you notice your symptoms get worse when you go into the building or home, and get better when you leave that’s a great signal that what is causing your allergies is indeed there. You may also notice more symptoms if you work on activities such as grooming your pet or cleaning your house.
One of the most serious things people with indoor allergies deal with is that the allergies can trigger asthma symptoms or even an attack. These symptoms include
- Tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the throat
- Inflammation of the airways in the lungs
This is identified as allergic asthma and should be checked out by a healthcare professional immediately.
What You Can Do
First and foremost, get yourself to a medical professional to get a proper diagnosis. There are tests available that can help determine what exactly you are allergic to and then steps can be taken to help you fight the allergies.
You can also try to make your indoor air quality better. At home, don’t be afraid to regularly throw the windows open and get a nice breeze through the house. Houseplants can also be helpful in keeping the air inside the home or in your office cleaner. A bathroom is a great place for mold to set up shop, so make sure when you bathe or shower you have a fan on to help pull the moisture out of the room.
If your problem is at the office, speak with your supervisor about ways in which the air quality of your office can be improved.