Ask the common Nairobian about allergies and they are likely to know exactly what you mean and might even have a specific allergy they suffer from. While the general public is at the very least cognizant of allergies, very few know what triggers them especially in the home setting. Knowing what brings on that incessant cough in your little one or that harsh rash on your spouse’s skin is very important because knowing the origin of the problem is half the solution.
Here are a few facts that will help you take better care of your family by eliminating allergy inducing conditions in your home.
An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction which is usually triggered by the body’s immunological mechanisms. (World Allergy Organization 2010-2014)
Symptoms of Allergies
As suggested by the definition, allergies affect the body in such a way that it elicits certain specific symptoms or reactions. These symptoms range depending on the type of allergen and the individual in question. Some common symptoms that you must be wary of include constant sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itching, rashes, red eyes, runny nose, blocked nose and watery eyes. It is important to remember that certain bacterial or viral infections may also induce these symptoms and this is more reason why you must be knowledgeable about allergies.
Common Causes of Allergies
The medical response to this question is allergens. They are the antigens that cause us to have allergies. In lay terms however allergies can be caused by a number of factors. Dust in the home, cleaning products, aerosols, pets, pollen and many other substances are among the culprits. Most of the allergies induced by the named substances creep up on us unawares and cause reactions that we may not notice right away.
Dust for example, can cause allergies related to lungs as well as ear, nose and throat. The same dust can cause allergies by introducing dust mites in your home. These are small uninvited guests that you may never see yet they can wreck so much havoc in your home. They thrive in high temperatures and high humidity and feed on dead human and pet skin. Your beds, carpets, seats and clothing will therefore harbor these little devils without you even noticing it (well at least visually).
Pollen comes from our surrounding and you may have very little control over this. Nature is beautiful but it comes with its disadvantages. So what is the answer to keeping our homes allergen free? Regular home cleaning. Aerosols such as pesticides, insecticides and spray cleaners can also cause allergic reactions. It is vital that you consult with professionals before using any chemical products.
Home Cleaning to Eliminate Allergies
You may not have total control over the environment outside your home but you certainly have control over what goes on within the walls of your home. Allergens that trigger allergies can be controlled by regular professional cleaning. Hiring a cleaning company to take care of the hygiene in your home can rid your house of all the harmful substances mentioned above. You may clean your home yourself and it may seem enough but you are likely to miss crucial hiding points of dust mites and other such creatures. The cleaning agents you use are also a contributing factor as we have seen earlier and this is one major downfall of non-professional cleaning services. Professionals take care to use only eco-friendly products that keep both you and your items safe. If you have been suffering from persistent allergic reactions it is time you took up the phone and called in the professionals.