Your home is your castle -- except when you’re allergic to it. A recent nationwide survey found that over half of all Americans test positive for at least some allergens, and many of these are indoor allergies such as dust, mold, and pet dander.
How can you allergy-proof your home to make it a refuge, not a source of sneezes? Take a tour of your house from room to room, find out where the allergens are lurking, and get relief from indoor allergies.
Bronchitis. An inflammation of the lung's airways. Symptoms include a persistent cough and phlegm. Bronchitis is usually seen in smokers and in places with high pollution.
Contact dermatitis. An allergic reaction that occurs after skin comes in contact with an allergen such as poison ivy, washing powders, perfumes, or other irritants.
Dander. Small pieces of skin shed by an animal, similar to human dandruff. Proteins found in dander are the major causes of pet allergies.
Decongestants. Medications that shrink swollen nasal membranes, decreasing congestion and mucus, and making it easier to breathe.
Eczema. Chronic inflammation that causes a skin rash. Eczema may be a reaction to an allergen. Symptoms include itching, crusting, blisters, and scaling. Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that worsens after exposure to an allergen.