Millions of Americans suffer from allergies caused by various types of allergens. These can include environmental factors, such as dust and pollen, as well as food ingredients and certain medicines. An allergic reaction varies in intensity. If you are experiencing a mild reaction, you’d notice rashes, congestion, and maybe local skin irritation, while a moderate reaction presents with some difficulty of breathing and more widespread itching. There are times, however, when the effect of an allergen is quite severe, and this is known as an anaphylactic reaction. A victim usually experiences respiratory difficulties, heart irregularities, generalized swelling or hives, or loss of consciousness. Such a condition requires medical intervention as this can result in death or coma.
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Pests and Allergies
Common household pests can also cause allergies. If you are sensitive or if you are living with someone with allergies, especially a child, here are a few types of pesky critters that you should watch out for.
For something that the naked eye can’t see, dust mites can really cause many health problems. They can exacerbate asthma and trigger allergies. They prefer very humid environments and are most abundant in the U.S. from July to August. What do these microscopic critters feed on? They eat dead skin cells from both humans and animals. Dust mite allergy has the same symptoms as asthma, which includes breathing difficulty and wheezing. Others experience runny nose and sneezing.
There are many ways to prevent dust mite allergy. Regular cleaning, de-cluttering and vacuuming are activities that can greatly aid in keeping mite populations down. When vacuuming, use a HEPA filter which can be used to help remove microscopic elements from the environment. Use mite-proof covers on mattresses and pillows, and keep pets out of the house.
Roaches not only contaminate food, but they also cause allergies and worsen asthma. When a cockroach dies, its body parts dry out and, it time, these particles become mixed with dust. This is what happens to their saliva and feces too. Inhaling dust with roach particles can cause wheezing and coughing, especially in babies, and can develop asthma in pre-school kids.
Preventing an infestation is the best way to avoid this problem. In case there is already an ongoing roach problem, regular cleaning and vacuuming help in reducing instances of allergies. When cleaning, focus on areas where roaches usually gather together.
Termites are very well-known pests because they can cause very serious damage to any structure that’s made of wood. So, how do termites cause allergy? Termites usually like to infest damp wood. Such areas are also breeding grounds for many kinds of molds. When termites begin to feed on mold-ridden wood, they disturb the mold, causing the spores to become airborne. Termites also farm certain kinds of fungi, and the spores of such organisms can get into HVAC systems and the surroundings too.
There are many ways to reduce a house’s risk of infestation. Preventive measures can be undertaken as a structure is being built, which could include the application of chemical or mechanical barriers against termite attacks. Maintenance is key as well. Leaks must be fixed right away, and rotting tree stumps should be removed to avoid attracting such pests.
Claire Brent is a freelancer who has written hundreds of blogs about preventive pest control. She aims to spread information on why property owners must employ measures to avoid pest infestations.