From mold to ragweed, pet dander, and everything in-between, there’s certainly no shortage of airborne particles to tickle your nose to the point of discomfort.
But particularly as the change of the seasons brings with it a sweeping tide of new allergens, you may be wondering: are you suffering from worsened dust allergies or pollen allergies?
Determining Dust Allergies
The term “dust allergy” sounds relatively self-explanatory. After all, a little dust can cause a lot of sneezing, right? Well, yes, but it is also a little more complicated than that.
In fact, did you know that dust mites — the cause of dust allergies — are a small arthropod species that feed on the dead flakes of human skin around the home? What’s more, they may be especially difficult to combat in Florida as a result of the state’s consistently warm and humid climate.
“Most dust mites die in low humidity levels or extreme temperatures,” according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). “But they leave their dead bodies and waste behind … These can continue to cause allergic reactions. In a warm, humid house, dust mites can survive all year.”
Dust allergies usually manifest with such symptoms as sneezing, runny nose, itchy skin or eyes, nasal congestion, and more. For particularly sensitive individuals, dust allergies may also cause:
- Chest tightness
- Difficulty breathing
- And more
Pointing Out Pollen Allergies
Pollen, on the other hand, is an airborne allergen that originates from outdoor sources but may be brought back inside on one’s clothes or in one’s hair, rendering it difficult to mitigate symptoms even while inside.
“Pollen is a fine yellowish powder that is transported from plant to plant by the wind, by birds, by insects or by other animals,” The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) explains. “The spread of pollen helps to fertilize plants — and can mean misery for seasonal allergy sufferers.”
Not only can pollen aggravate asthma symptoms or other pre-existing upper respiratory irritation, but pollen allergy symptoms are similar to that of dust allergies in that they include:
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- And more
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, both dust allergies and pollen allergies are the direct result of one’s exposure to environmental allergens. And as both manifest similar symptoms, it can be difficult to determine which, specifically, you’re dealing with.
Thus, investing in an indoor air quality assessment with your locally-owned and trusted air quality professionals can provide you with the answers you need to optimize your home environment.
When you work with Discreet Air Quality, you’ll be provided with comprehensive reports that detail what, exactly, is obstructing your home’s air quality. What’s more, our team will also provide you with an action plan that details how best to begin mitigating and minimizing the effects of present pollutants.
So, are you ready to alleviate your allergies and obtain the answers you’ve long awaited? Then it’s time to contact Discreet Air Quality! Call our team at (754) 702-7019 to schedule your appointment today.