Mold and Mildew
Molds in the home produce allergens that cause allergic reactions. These reactions can include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, itchy eyes, and skin rashes. Mold can also trigger asthma episodes and respiratory problems.
Lead is a metal found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. Lead has many different uses. It is used in the production of batteries, ammunition, metal products (solder and pipes), and devices to shield X-rays.
Asthma is a lung disease that causes difficulty in breathing and can sometimes lead to death. In the US, around 20 million people are affected by asthma, many of whom are children. When asthma is under control, the airways are clear and open.
Bed bugs are small and wingless insects that feed upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. Hatchling bed bugs are the size of a sesame seed, while adults are around a quarter of an inch long.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is also called MCS. MCS is when someone has an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants.
Dander from animals may worsen your asthma. Pets produce dander that can put asthmatics at risk. These pets include dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and rodents.
Pet dander is the protein in skin flakes, urine, feces, saliva, and hair, and it can trigger asthma symptoms. These proteins are tiny, and they travel through the air and can land on a body part. They can then easily be transferred to the nose or the mouth and thus inhaled. Symptoms may occur immediately, or they may not develop until 8 to 12 hours later.
Removing the pet from the home or avoiding contact with the pet is the most effective way to decrease exposure. If you do remove the pet from your home, make sure to wash all bedding, and clean all surfaces and floors where dander may exist.
Below are also a few solutions to minimizing dander in the home if you do not put your pet outside:
Hypoallergenic dogs can be a great option for dog lovers who suffer from allergies or asthma. They shed little to no hair, and thus shed less dander than typical dogs. Dogs without hair or with continuously growing hair tend to be the most hypoallergenic. However, many people are allergic to dog saliva, and there are no breeds of dogs that have hypoallergenic saliva.