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Allergies are the fifth-leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, according to the website Womens-Healthcare.org 1. A respiratory allergic reaction can manifest itself as sneezing, coughing, watering eyes or trouble breathing. Your sofa is a candidate for the cause of your allergies. Dust mites, pet dander and mold can be on your sofa and put you at risk.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Dust mites are commonly found on furniture, states MayoClinic.com 23. These small bugs, a relative of the spider, thrive on human skin cells, making your sofa a nice place to live. An allergic reaction to dust mites can be from the mite itself or from its feces. A mild reaction to a dust mite can be sneezing or a runny nose. However, a severe reaction may result in an asthma attack. Dust mites live in dust, to reduce your risk of a dust mite reaction, clean your sofa regularly.
- Dust mites are commonly found on furniture, states MayoClinic.com 2.
- Dust mites live in dust, to reduce your risk of a dust mite reaction, clean your sofa regularly.
Allergic Reactions From Pet Dander
Pets love lounging on sofas just as much as their owners. However, your pet can leave behind hair, dander and even skin on your sofa. Some animals can leave saliva on your sofa; most commonly a cat. These may be the source of your respiratory allergy. To prevent an allergic reaction, cut down on the time your furry friends spend on your couch. You can also drape a sheet or blanket over your couch, which is easy to wash and can reduce allergens getting into your sofa.
- Pets love lounging on sofas just as much as their owners.
- However, your pet can leave behind hair, dander and even skin on your sofa.
Mold thrives in humidity. If you live in a humid climate or house, you may be susceptible to mold growing on your sofa. Mold is unsafe to inhale and can cause an allergic reaction. When you inhale mold spores, your body responds by forming antibodies to attack the allergen. Part of this response entails a respiratory reaction that can become worse with repeated exposure.
- If you live in a humid climate or house, you may be susceptible to mold growing on your sofa.
The best way to prevent allergies from your sofa is to reduce your exposure to dust, dander and mold. To fight mites and dander, consider switching from a fabric sofa to one made of leather, wood or plastic. To reduce mold buildup, control the humidity inside your house. Keep a dehumidifier running and close your windows.
- The best way to prevent allergies from your sofa is to reduce your exposure to dust, dander and mold.
- To reduce mold buildup, control the humidity inside your house.
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- MayoClinic.com: Dust Mites
- MayoClinic.com: Mold Allergy
- MayoClinic.com: Allergy-Proof Your House
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Laura Niedziocha began her writing career in 2007. She has contributed material to the Stoneking Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Lambertville, N.J., and her work has appeared in various online publications. Niedziocha graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. She also has her Associate of Arts in communications from the Community College of Philadelphia.