Common Household Allergens
IS IT JUST A COLD, OR COULD IT BE ALLERGIES
Learn about allergy and asthma symptoms and common household allergen facts. Find out how Aller-Ease bedding can help your family sleep allergy free and wake up refreshed and ready to start a new day.
1 out of 4 Americans suffer from asthma or allergies.
If you or someone in your family is waking up sniffling and sneezing, you probably think they have a cold. If these symptoms continue more than 2 weeks, chances are good that they should be checked for allergies.
- You might be allergic to dust, dust mites, pollen or pet dander. If they collect in your pillow and mattress, they could be the cause of your symptoms and restless sleep
- If you have asthma, chances are great that you also have allergies. More than 70% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies.
The Link Between Allergies and Asthma
Asthma is a chronic and serious disorder that affects 22 million Americans, making it hard for them to breathe and to oxygenate blood.
- The most common form of asthma is allergic asthma. It is triggered by inhaling allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and mold.
- Using allergy proof encasements on your mattress, box spring, and pillow is the first line of defense often recommended by Allergists.
The protein found in dust mites and their droppings is THE most common trigger of allergy and asthma symptoms. Dust mite allergens affect 50-80% of people with allergies or asthma, and can trigger lifelong allergies in newborns.
- An unprotected mattress may have anywhere from 10,000 to 10 million dust mites inside.
- An unprotected pillow increases in weight 10% every two years due to dust mites and dust mite feces.
- Inhaling dust mites allergens can cause allergic reactions & asthma to people with sensitivity to them.
An estimated 10% to 15% of the entire population may be allergic to animals, and more than 70% have a cat or a dog.
- Pet dander consists of the flakes of dead skin shed by cats, dogs, hamsters, and guinea pigs.
- All breeds of dogs and cats produce dander, so all breeds, even those called “hairless,” are capable of triggering allergy or asthma symptoms.
- All pet dander is small, but cat dander is one of the smallest-sized allergen triggers.
Pollen are small, powdery round or oval grains that come from the male cells of flowering trees, grasses, and weeds.
- Most pollen are less than 50 microns in size, which is smaller than the width of a human hair!
- The wind can blow microscopic pollen spores as far as 400 miles away, and up to two miles high, so pollen spores tend to wreak havoc among those sensitive to them.
Molds are tiny organisms that are related to mushrooms.
- Like pollen, microscopic mold spores float through the air.
- They often enter your home through open windows, vents, and through heating and air conditioning systems.
- They also cling to clothing, shoes, and pets.
- Molds can trigger allergic reactions, causing hay fever symptoms and worsening asthma conditions.
If you are allergic to mold use allergy proof encasements on your pillow and mattress.