When you get an allergy attack, it’s hard to care about the reasons why it happens. But until you learn what actually causes indoor allergies, you won’t get the relief you need.
Are indoor allergies genetic?
Well, sort of. Scientists agree that heredity plays a role. For example, if both your parents have allergies, then there’s a 50% chance you will, too. If just one of your parents is allergic, then your chances are 25%.
Then what else causes indoor allergies?
Microscopic bits of protein called indoor allergens. They’re produced by living creatures, everything from household pets and tiny insects to the BILLIONS of invisible dust mites that invade every home and office, no matter how clean.
So an inherited tendency to get allergies plus the air quality where you live and work — that’s what determines your risk for indoor allergies.
Why do some people develop allergies long after they grow up?
Because those people needed a lot more contact with environmental triggers before losing the indoor allergy war. In other words, allergies are “cumulative.” Years and years of exposure to indoor allergens (like dust, cat fur, dog saliva, or mite droppings) will eventually cause an allergic reaction in almost anyone.
The question is: how much exposure can YOUR body take before it responds with allergy symptoms.
Are indoor allergies different than outdoor allergies?
It’s what causes indoor allergies that’s different. Outdoor allergies (like hay fever) are a reaction to plant and other outside pollens. What causes indoor allergies, on the other hand, is an extreme response to one of three protein allergens.
- Cat Allergies are an over-reaction to the Fel d1 allergen, produced mostly by a cat’s sebaceous glands but also found in feline fur, saliva, urine, and solid waste.
- Dog Allergies occur in response to Can f1, a protein particle present in dog saliva, urine, and dander.
- Dust & Dust Mite Allergies are linked to Der p1, a contaminant found in mite droppings.
Then how can people get pet allergies even if they don’t have pets?
Because pet allergens are invisibly small and lightweight. They become airborne as soon as they leave the animal’s body. Within minutes they can travel many yards. And because they’re sticky, they cling to cloth surfaces. Anything from clothing to upholstery, bed linen, bath towels, rugs, even pet cushions. From there they are easily inhaled and absorbed through human skin pores.
Even if you don’t own a pet, animal allergens can enter your home through open windows and doors as well as air conditioning and heating systems.
The same goes for dust mite droppings. They’re so incredibly small that the naked eye can never see them. Yet they’re constantly floating through the open air, looking for a place to land.
That helps explain the EPA warning: that American homes are the most allergy-provoking places in the nation.
How exactly do these allergens cause indoor allergies?
Well, first of all, these protein allergens do NOT cause allergy symptoms in everyone. In fact most people have an immune system that correctly identifies them as completely harmless.
However, people with allergies or asthma react to them like they’re dangerous contaminants. In an effort to eliminate the “invaders,” their immune system rushes antibodies to every contact area: nose, eyes, lungs, and surface skin.
Those antibodies bind to the allergens, trying to destroy them. It is the binding process that actually causes symptoms.
The most common symptoms are puffy-red eyes that tear and burn, a drippy nose, and sneezing. Some people experience coughing, upper respiratory congestion, pet allergy headache, itchy skin and rashes, exhaustion, shortness of breath, and even joint pain.
Chemical solutions don’t work!
Often, once people understand that living creatures cause indoor allergies, they try to solve the problem with toxic pesticides and other chemical solutions. Sadly, this strategy can be counter-productive. First because the environmental allergens that trigger their symptoms start to accumulate the minute old ones are destroyed. It’s only a matter of time before symptoms return.
In addition, harsh solutions tend to provoke new symptoms! This happens because an over-sensitive immune system is likely to over-react to harsh killing agents and cleansers – just as it does to indoor allergens. So even if the allergens are temporarily eliminated, the substance that killed them can cause new misery.
All-natural allergy relief is possible.
The Easy Air Organic Allergy Relief Combo Pack is a clinically-tested indoor allergy relief system. It does NOT expose you or your family to dangerous chemicals. Instead, the dual-action power of its Organic Allergy Relief Spray and Organic Allergy Relief Laundry Rinse digs down deep, to reach protein allergens and deconstruct them at a molecular level. It’s like taking a huge, dangerous bolder and turning it into harmless rubble.
This unique 2-formula system is safe to use even around babies and family pets. Both organic liquids contain exclusively botanical ingredients. They cannot eliminate or cure allergies. But used regularly they can make life a lot more comfortable.