Indoor Allergies

More than 50 million Americans have allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.(1)

In terms of indoor allergies, it can be challenging to determine what an allergy sufferer is reacting to, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.(2) The main sources of indoor allergens include:

  • Pets
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Soft furniture
  • Bedding
  • Damp areas
  • Indoor plants
  • Mattresses that aren’t in allergy covers
  • Pillows and bedding that cannot be washed in hot water(3)

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers strategies for reducing exposure to indoor allergens. Surfaces that are clean and uncluttered cut down on dust mites. Window treatments that can be washed are the best choice.(3) Frequent vacuuming helps keep the allergen level low. If there is a dog or cat in the home, pet owners should keep it out of the bedroom.(3)

To avoid mold spores, another source of common indoor allergies, the foundation recommends using dehumidifiers and reducing moisture in bathrooms and the kitchen. Not all mold is visible, but if it can be seen, clean immediately.(3)

If these methods do not work and symptoms continue, you may want to consider allergy immunotherapy treatment options. Consulting with your primary care doctor, ENT, or allergist is the first step.

(1) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Allergy Facts and Figures, https://www.aafa.org/allergy-facts/
(2) American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, Winter Allergies: The Allergies You Didn’t Know You Could Have, https://acaai.org/news/
(3) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Control Indoor Allergens to Improve Indoor Air Quality, https://www.aafa.org/control-indoor-allergens/