Allergy Season Logic
Runny noses, pockets full of Kleenex, itchy eyes, we’ve all been there: allergy season. Maybe your allergies get worse when cedar pollen is high, or maybe you’re particularly susceptible to grasses. Whatever the case, you find yourself suffering from allergy symptoms night and day. But have you ever asked yourself why it is that you still suffer from allergies when you’re inside? Logically, you should be less affected by these airborne allergens once you’re indoors, and yet it doesn’t seem to make any sort of difference.
Let’s Talk About Allergens
So what’s the deal?
Well, let’s think about the nature of these allergy-causing buggers.
You breathe them in when you’re outdoors, of course, but they don’t stay airborne all of the time. These are small particles that are scattered around via the wind, landing on all types of surfaces– including shoes, clothes, and carpets. You carry them around with you while you’re outside, and then you take them inside with you when you open the door to your home.
Without any kind of air purification system, these allergens stick around, causing the same effect (or worse!) as they do when you’re outside.
In fact, the indoor levels of air pollutants can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels.
Other Sources of Air Pollutants
Or maybe seasonal allergies don’t affect you as dramatically, but you still find yourself sniffling and suffering from allergy symptoms.
The root of those allergies are most likely inside your home.
Dust mites, dander, and indoor molds are present year-round, and they populate the nooks and crannies of your furniture, mattress and general surroundings.
These particles have been proven to cause headaches, irritated eyes, coughing, sore throats, and more.
Sure, you may do your best to keep the house clean, but using traditional cleaning methods like dusting and vacuuming may only exacerbate the problem.
Knowledge is Power
If you’re worried about the air quality inside your home (as well you should be!), there are some things you can do to make it better.
First and foremost, you’ve got to educate yourself about allergies and how they relate to you.
Pay attention to your body and when you’re most affected. Try to notice if your allergy symptoms decrease when you return inside. (Spoiler alert: they won’t.)
To help you figure out which allergens affect you the most, we’ve put together this chart that you can use as a guide (for Central Texas residents only). This information comes from the Central Texas Allergy and Asthma Center, and we hope it’s a helpful resource for you. You can download it here for free.