Posted on: 30 December 2014Share
It used to be a lot of fun to play hide-and-seek when you were a child, but as an adult you may find yourself with an entirely different meaning to this playful game. Allergens love to hide around the inside of your home and your search for relief will leave you trying your hardest to seek them out. Unfortunately, allergens are silent, often invisible, and harder to track down than you might realize. Here are four likely places you should check for hidden allergies around your home.
Tucked Away In Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system basically works as an air circulation unit that consistently pulls air inside, treats it, and then distributes the air to the rest of the home. Think about all the air particles that travel through and the allergens that travel right along with it.
Buried In Your Mattress
You could vacuum, sweep, and shampoo your mattress to pull those hidden allergens out of hiding and chances are, you will capture a few. However, the cloth fibers of your mattress could still be harboring dust mites, pet dander, and even mold spores. A good hypoallergenic mattress protector will help protect your mattress from allergens, but will also protect you from the things that could be hiding inside.
Beneath Your Carpeting
Carpet gets a bad rap for being a good container for allergens, but in a lot of cases, the carpet is not as guilty as people think. Where the shame usually lies is far beneath the surface area of the carpet in the padding that is installed beneath. The soft, cushy foam is perfect for absorbing moisture where mold spores love to hide out and reproduce. Other allergens have just as much fun hiding here as well.
In the Window Treatments
Those heavy drapes and curtains you have situated over your windows are a likely place for dust and allergens to hide out. When you think about it, most people do not wash their window treatments often just because they do not appear dirty. However, they may be littered with allergens you are trying to avoid. It is best to opt for hypoallergenic materials or wash your window treatments every few weeks.
If you have been in the process of building a close relationship with your allergy doctor, but not because you really like his personality, it is really time to start looking for those hidden allergens in your home. Go ahead, count as long as you want to and they will still be hanging out, waiting to make you sick.
Visit a clinic, such as Allergy Partners of Raleigh, to find more help in treating your allergies.