Am I Allergic to My House?

April showers bring May flowers and with them comes seasonal allergies. Those affected by allergies know that when the weather warms up and there is more rainfall, the outdoor environment changes. Plants begin to grow and generate pollen which is bad news for someone with pollen allergies. Allergy sufferers understand that the outdoor environment may cause symptoms to flare up, but what if you suffer from allergic symptoms inside of your house? This begs the question, am I allergic to my house? This blog post will discuss allergen sources inside of a home.

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House Dust: Think Dust Mites!

A few weeks ago, I blogged about some of the components of house dust.  This week, as promised, I will discuss the presence of house dust’s most famous contaminant: dust mites.   Dust mites are microscopic arachnids, which means they are in the same family as spiders.  They do not bite like bed bugs, but

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What’s in House Dust?

House dust can contain many different particles and contaminants.  The type of dust and the composition can vary depending on climate, region, the number of occupants, and the activities performed in the space.  Researchers estimate that one-third of dust originates from indoor sources such as fabric fibers, human skin cells, animal fur, decomposing insects, food

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