What Are Outdoor and Indoor Allergens?

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 10/03/2016

allergens.pngItchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, headaches and loss of voice are just some of the symptoms you may experience when you have allergies. There’s more to allergies than just seasonal allergies; in fact, many people suffer from this problem year round. With 1 in 5 Americans having some type of allergy, it is important to understand the difference between indoor and outdoor allergies.

Indoor Allergens

Pets: Pet dander is a protein found in the saliva and on the skin of furry pets. If you have ever gotten close to a cat only to have your eyes start itching and watering, then you are likely allergic to the cat's dander.

Dust Mites: These tiny little creatures could be living in your carpet, mattress, and furnishings. Because they are impossible to see, you might never realize that they’re the cause of allergies.

Rodents: If you have rodents in or around your home, their dander can be a cause of indoor allergies.

Mold: If you’ve noticed mold growing in your window sills or in your bathroom, this can be a major cause of allergy. Mold can spread very quickly, seriously affecting your health, so deal with mold right away.

Outdoor Allergens

Spring: Tree pollen is the most common outdoor allergen in spring, those budding flowers can look beautiful but they can also wreak havoc with your allergies.

Summer: Grass pollen and weed pollen are both common in summer and can cause sneezing and itching eyes as soon as you walk out the door.

Fall: Fall can be a seasonal allergy nightmare for many people. Ragweed is the main culprit during this season.

Avoiding an allergen once you’ve narrowed down the cause is the best way to get relief, however, that is not always possible. If your allergies cause you to have watery or itchy eyes, the team at Broome Optical can help you find the right relief for your allergy symptoms.

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