People often assume perennial allergies are related to plants and pollen. Seasonal allergies are what’s caused by airborne pollen but they can also occur throughout most of the year, depending on where you live. On the contrary, perennial allergies are just year-round allergies to allergens that are present throughout the entire year. These allergens are likely mold, dust mites, cockroaches, or rodents.
An allergy to mold is fairly common. Especially since mold spores are airborne and easily inhaled. If you have been diagnosed with perennial allergies, there may be several risk factors behind why you suffer from them!
Speak with your family to see if there is a history of mold allergies and how they minimize their exposure to mold. Also ask if they have asthma, as this can increase your chances of developing asthma, too!
With so many ways to become exposed to mold, here are just a handful of tips on how you can reduce your exposure:
Like mold, dust mites are another allergen that exist virtually everywhere. A dust mite allergy typically develops in childhood due to exposure to dust mites or a family history. Almost every home has dust mites, so it’s likely that you have already been exposed to them.
Keep in mind that dust mites mainly live in fabrics and upholstered furniture. Do your best to stay on top of dust mite removal in your home by trying these tips:
Cockroaches are another pest that prefer to live in warm, dark, and most areas. Inside of homes, they’re often found in pipes, drains, basements, and so on.
A protein found in their body, saliva, and feces is what causes perennial allergies in humans. Cockroaches tend to trigger asthma in children more than any other allergen, so preventing them from coming into your home is essential. Not only do they cause allergies, but cockroaches carry (and spread) tons of diseases as well.
Although cockroaches are an insect, they eat protein such as meat. This is why a clean home and properly stored food items is a non-negotiable when dealing with an allergy to cockroaches. Follow these guidelines for preventing cockroaches:
Rodent saliva, urine, and dander are also a culprit behind perennial allergies. Rodent allergens have been found in up to 82% of U.S. households, which means that your home is likely at risk. Those suffering from asthma are at a higher risk of experiencing symptoms when exposed to rodents, so do what you can to prevent rodents from making their way into your home!
These tiny critters are found in both rural and urban areas as they are not usually deterred by humans. Unfortunately, this means you must be proactive against rodents and do whatever you can to keep them out of your home.
Now that you know how to prevent perennial allergies, it’s time to manage your symptoms! Transdermal immunotherapy is the standard in allergy treatments, and our topical immunotherapy cream is the simplest way to desensitize your immune system from a perceived threat — aka allergens. To learn more about immunotherapy, schedule an appointment with one of our providers to get started.