Many Americans suffer from allergies on a daily basis. Moreover, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America suggests that about 30% of adults and 40% of children in the US are suffering from allergies of some sort.
You might consider peanut butter and dairy to be the most common allergens, you’d be surprised to find out that some of the most usual allergens are hiding in your very own house. Most of them can be found in carpets, especially in high traffic areas in a home.
So in order to understand what your carpet has to do with your constant sneezing, let’s break it down from the very beginning.
First of all, what are allergens and how can they affect your health? Allergens are basically proteins that might cause an allergic reaction if you have a sensitive immune system. The most common reactions are similar to cold symptoms: coughing, sneezing, runny nose. In some cases, the symptoms can be much worse, like tightness in the chest or shortness of breath.
So you might ask: where do those allergens come from? Dust mites and pet dander are the most common sources of allergens in your carpet. At the same time, molds, pollen or dust can build up in your carpet as well.
The dust mites are the most common source of allergies, with over 20 mln Americans being allergic to them. The actual allergen is the waste of these little creatures that builds up in your carpet every single day. With their daily waste equaling 200 times their body weight, these bugs are causing you to have persistent allergies year long. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, they are very hard to get rid of, too. Regular cleaning and is not a remedy for these since about 95% of them remain after vacuuming.
Your favorite pets, unfortunately, can also be a reason for your allergies. Their fur collects dust and pollen, which constantly builds up in your carpet, while their urine and saliva contain proteins that are potential allergens. In addition to that, pet dander, or the tiny bits of skin that your pets shed, also build up in your carpet and are causing your allergies.
Other than your furry friends and dust mites, mold can also be a problem for allergic people. In case of spills that weren’t cleaned, or high humidity, or even if you do not dry your carpet thoroughly after washing it, mold can start growing and contributing to your allergies.
Last but not least, any dirt or dust brought in from the outside can be a potential problem for your immune system. Especially if you do not clean your carpet often, these allergens can gather in the fibers of the carpet and join the overall allergy-causing group over there.
In order to get rid of these allergens, you should obviously clean your carpet as often as possible, or even get the smaller washable rugs, to ease the process. You should be a lot more careful if you have small children, as their immune system is more sensitive and they are usually closer to the floor.