Indoor Allergies –Dust, Mold and Pet Allergies –Clarityn®

Indoor Allergies

Identify what are the common indoor allergyX allergy
An allergy is the exaggerated response of the immune system to a foreign substance that is generally safe and poses no threat to the human body.
triggers and discover ways to keep your allergies in check, so you can enjoy the comforts of your home all year-round.

Your home should be a place of refuge. But for people who are prone to indoor substances which can trigger an allergyX allergy
An allergy is the exaggerated response of the immune system to a foreign substance that is generally safe and poses no threat to the human body.
,it can cause them to suffer allergy symptoms which include sneezing, a runny nose, nasal congestion, and itchy or watery eyes, more frequently. Indoor allergiesX Indoor allergies
Can be characterized by an exaggerated response of the immune system to allergens (see Allergens) commonly that are commonly found indoors, such as mold spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also known as perennial allergies). The symptoms of an indoor allergy tends to last longer…
can happen all-year round. However, indoor allergiesX indoor allergies
Can be characterized by an exaggerated response of the immune system to allergens (see Allergens) commonly that are commonly found indoors, such as mold spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also known as perennial allergies). The symptoms of an indoor allergy tends to last longer…
can be especially troublesome during the rainy season, when people tend to spend more time indoors.

Select an allergy to learn more:

PET ALLERGIES

DUST ALLERGIES

MOLD ALLERGIES

INDOOR ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

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RUNNY, ITCHY NOSE
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ITCHY, WATERY EYES
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SNEEZING
ITCHY SKIN RASH
ITCHY SKIN RASH
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Pet Allergies

Overview

Keeping a furry friend indoors can cause you to suffer an allergic reaction, such as a runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes. However, it is not their fur, but rather the proteins found in the animal’s dander (dead skin cells), saliva, or urine that triggers your allergyX allergy
An allergy is the exaggerated response of the immune system to a foreign substance that is generally safe and poses no threat to the human body.
. These allergy-triggering particles stick mostly onto pet fur, which we tend to touch frequently. On top of that, these particles are so lightweight that they can be transported in the air, and onto your clothes and hair.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Most people tend to associate pet-related allergies with pet dander from a cat or dog. However, dander can also come from other pets, such as hamsters, rabbits, gerbils and guinea pigs, amongst others.1

Tips for Pet Allergy Sufferers

  • HAVE A PLAN
    If you are prone to pet-related allergies, it is advisable for you to ask a family member or friend in advance if they have a furry pet at home , so as to allow you to be prepared with allergyX allergy
    An allergy is the exaggerated response of the immune system to a foreign substance that is generally safe and poses no threat to the human body.
    medicine should your symptoms start to flare up during your next visit.
     
  • ESTABLISH PET-FREE AREAS
    Keep pets out of your bedroom and out of certain rooms in your house.
     
  • RINSE AND REPEAT
    Giving your pet regular baths can help to minimise the number of allergens on its fur.
     
  • WASH YOUR HANDS
    After touching a pet, avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose until you've had a chance to wash your hands thoroughly.
     
  • CHOOSE PETS WISELY
    Cats tend to trigger more allergies than dogs. This is because they are prone to a constant licking of their fur or skin, thus spreading allergens from their saliva onto their bodies. However, it is important to note that animals who don't shed, too, can cause you to suffer an allergic reaction. As an alternative, people who suffer frequent allergies should consider keeping fishes, hermit crabs, iguanas or turtles as pets instead.
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Dust Allergies

Overview

A common trigger of indoor allergiesX indoor allergies
Can be characterized by an exaggerated response of the immune system to allergens (see Allergens) commonly that are commonly found indoors, such as mold spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also known as perennial allergies). The symptoms of an indoor allergy tends to last longer…
, dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger of indoor allergies. These microscopic mites live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpets, and survive off of our dead skin cells. The inhalation of dust mite droppings can cause allergic reactions which include a runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
can be found in the house dust which accumulates all around your home. These microscopic creatures live off our dead skin cells, hiding in household fabrics, such as pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, blankets and carpets.

Dust mitesX Dust mites
A common trigger of indoor allergies. These microscopic mites live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpets, and survive off of our dead skin cells. The inhalation of dust mite droppings can cause allergic reactions which include a runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
absorb water from the humidity in the air. This is why dust mites are especially prevalent in the more humid areas of your house, or during the summer months. If you currently live in an area that has a warm and humid climate, dust mites can be found all-year round.

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DID YOU KNOW?

An average-sized house may accumulate approximately 40 pounds of dust each year.2

Tips for Dust Allergy Sufferers

  • REDUCE DUST CLUMPS
    Wash all bedding and blankets at least once a week in hot water (at least 54°C).3 Use a vacuum that is equipped with a HEPAX HEPA
    Stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA), a filter that forces air through a fine mesh that is made up of microscopic pores which trap harmful particles.
    filter or double-vacuum bag.4 Dust surfaces with a damp sponge and mop the floors regularly. Be sure to wear a protective mask and gloves when cleaning to minimize your exposure to dust allergens.
     
  • CHECK THE LABEL
    Sweat can cause pillows, mattresses and furniture with rubber foam to develop moldX mold
    A parasitic, microscopic fungi which floats in the air like pollen. Mold spores are a common trigger for allergies, and grows well in damp areas of the home, such as a basement or bathroom. It can also thrive in an outdoor environment, such as damp grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch, or under…
    . Therefore, it is important for you to check the label of your bedding and bedding covers for more information on how to care for these products effectively before use.
     
  • COVER UP
    Use anti-allergenX allergen
    A foreign substance which your body perceives to be harmful; can trigger an allergic reaction.
    mattress and box spring covers, and anti-allergen pillowcases.
     
  • TAKE IT OUT
    If possible, remove wall-to-wall carpeting from all the rooms in your house.
     
  • DEHUMIDFY
    The recommended humidity level of your home should be below 50%. A hygrometer is an instrument that is used to measure the humidity of the air, and can be easily purchased from most hardware stores. When it’s humid, place a dehumidifier in a damp area of your home to keep the humidity level in check.
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Mold Allergies

Overview

A mold allergyX allergy
An allergy is the exaggerated response of the immune system to a foreign substance that is generally safe and poses no threat to the human body.
is triggered by microscopic mold spores which float in the air like pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance (typically yellow in colour) consisting of microscopic grains that are discharged from the male part of a flower (also known as stamens), or from the male cone of a tree.
. Indoor mold tends to shed spores throughout the year, and can be found lurking in damp spots, such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, lofts, refrigerators and windowsills. Given the fact that mold thrives in damp spaces, mold allergies may occur frequently, as Singapore is a country that is humid and experiences regular rainfall throughout the year, especially during the monsoon season.

Tips for Mold Allergy Sufferers

  • CLEAN HOUSE
    You can prevent mold growth by cleaning your bathroom, laundry room and basement regularly. Avoid leaving damp laundry in the washing machine for a prolonged period of time. Wash shower curtains, and bathroom tiles, grouting and fixtures with anti-mold cleaning solutions. Use only machine-washable bath mats in the bathroom.
     
  • KEEP HUMIDITY IN CHECK
    Keep the humidity level in your home below 50% to prevent mold growth. Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to keep the humidity level in check. Alternatively, you can also opt to use an exhaust fan in the kitchen or the bathroom to do away with steam or moisture as a result of cooking and showering respectively.
     
  • DON’T FORGET THE FRIDGE
    Keep the refrigerator clean and empty its water pan on a regular basis. Get rid of rotting or expired foods promptly to help minimize mold growth.
     
  • LET THERE BE LIGHT
    Sunlight kills mold, which is why you should keep the curtains, shades or blinds in your home open throughout the day.
     
  • CHECK THE LABEL
    Sweat can cause pillows, mattresses and furniture with rubber foam to develop mold. Therefore, it is important for you to check the label of your bedding and bedding covers for more information on how to care for these products effectively before use.

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