Could household pests be the reason behind allergies and asthma?
Some of the common symptoms that are caused by household pests are, stuffy nose, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, tightness in the chest and skin rashes. As you can see these symptoms are very similar to hay fever.
You might be wondering, what household pests can you find in your home?
Well, the most common pests are:
- Mice and rats
- Dust mites
Mice and rats
Rodents can be the cause of some serious diseases and allergies. They scurry along surfaces in your home leaving their urine and faecal matter everywhere they go. Rodents are usually quite active so they can contaminate a large area. The rat droppings can also dry out and mix with the dust in the air that you breathe in. This will cause certain people to have an allergic reaction and can make individuals who have asthma, worsen their condition.
Cockroaches a household pest
Cockroaches come into your home searching for food and warmth. While they are running around your house they are leaving bacteria and other pathogens that can have an effect on your health. Their droppings and shed skin are also left behind to decay and can become airborne. This contaminated dust is breathed in and can cause allergic reactions and can be a serious risk to asthmatics.
These tiny bugs live in your house dust; they are relatives to ticks and spiders. They are extremely small and can only be seen under a microscope. Dust mites prefer warm and moist conditions to live in and can be found in your bedding, furniture and carpets. They survive by eating the dead skin cells that are shed by us humans. Many people are allergic to these bugs and will suffer from sneezing, runny nose and all the symptoms of hay fever. Reducing the number of dust mites in your environment can help, but sometimes medication is needed to relieve the allergy symptoms and to manage asthma conditions.
Exactly what it says, bugs that live in your bed.
Not a pretty picture.
Bedbugs may not carry any serious diseases, but their bites can cause other irritating health issues. The skin can react and cause rashes, lesions and if not treated the lesions won’t heal properly and eventually can cause scars.
Fleas a household pest
These blood suckers will attach to anything including your pet and you. The flea saliva can cause an allergic reaction causing, redness, itching and irritation. We all know those little itchy red bumps. It is important to take care of any reactions, scratching can eventually cause infections. Antihistamines and applying creams can help with the itchiness and inflammation.
Here are a few tips to allergy proof your home:
- Keep food sealed and stored properly.
- Ensure your house is rodent proof by sealing any cracks or openings where they can get in.
- Wipe and clean surfaces regularly and vacuum through the house at least once a week.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and keep the bin outside away from the house.
- Change and clean bedding regularly. You can cover pillows in allergy proof covers to help control dust mites and bedbugs.
- Make sure moisture in your house is at a minimum.
- If you suspect an infestation, call in the professionals.