If you have allergies, you may find yourself wanting to hide away in your bedroom, avoiding pollen, mold, and other insidious allergy triggers. What you may not realize, however, is that your bedroom is not the refuge you think it is. It may be harboring a raft of allergens that could exacerbate your symptoms.
People spend anywhere from six to eight hours in their bedrooms each night, a lengthy period to be exposed to allergens. Here are the most common allergy triggers that lurk in the bedroom:
- Dust mites – These are microscopic creatures that thrive in warm, damp conditions. They are often found in mattresses, pillows, furniture, carpets, and fabrics. They feed on the skin cells that you shed, get warmth from your body, and extract water from your exhaled breath and sweat. While dust mites are harmless, their waste can cause allergic reactions.
- Animal dander – These skin particles that animals shed contain proteins that stir up allergies. Contrary to popular belief, animal hair is not the catalyst; it is the dander that often gets trapped in the animal hair that elicits symptoms. Dander can also be airborne because it is very light, just like dust mites or pollen.
- Mold – Mold typically grows on drywall, insulation, carpet, and paper. Molds flourish where it is warm and dark and where there is moisture due to humidity or water leaks. It only takes between 24 and 48 hours for mold spores to develop.
Common reactions to these allergens include itchy and irritated eyes, congestion, a runny nose, a scratchy throat, coughing, and sneezing. Eczema is another common symptom. If you live in Scottsdale and experience skin conditions that you suspect are allergy-related, visit a Scottsdale eczema specialist. For any other symptoms, consult a Scottsdale allergy doctor who can review your medical history, conduct an allergy test, and recommend appropriate treatment.