When you’ve got the sniffles in winter, you probably don’t care if it is allergies or a cold. But if the sniffles are lasting longer than a normal cold, and you have other unexplained allergy symptoms, it could be your carpet.
Surprised? Many people don’t think about their carpet contributing to allergy symptoms. But here are a few ways they can actually be the bearer of the allergens.
Dust and Mites
Dirty carpets not only attract dust, but also trap it. And where there’s dust, there are dust mites. These pesky dust mites can thrive in your carpet, unseen and unnoticed by most homeowners. But when you have dust and dust mites, they can cause allergic reactions including irritated nasal passageways and red, itchy eyes.
Damp carpets can increase the occurrence of asthma and asthma-related symptoms. Wet carpet can foster microbial growth, which can affect and worsen not just allergies, but also asthma. (This is why it is especially important to take immediate action after water damage – even if the water looks like it’s all gone, it could still be causing problems under the surface.)
Mold is a dangerous and often toxic substance that generally grows in moist environments. When mold spores spread to and begin growing in your carpet, they can cause a number of health-related symptoms, including allergies. The bacteria in mold can cause nasal stuffiness, irritated eyes and throat, and itchy eyes and nose. If left untreated, it can cause respiratory problems, including asthma.
Fully cleaning your carpets regularly can prevent allergy symptoms from dust, moisture, and mold. So if you’ve been experiencing unexplained allergies, maybe it’s time to take a look at your carpet. Then call a professional to have them cleaned and restore your carpets and your health. Contact us today for an estimate.