Top 3 Most Common Florida Allergens

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Millions of people suffer from allergies and their side effects, which include sneezing, runny nose, coughing, itchy eyes, congestion and sore throat. Unfortunately, Florida’s warm climate allows a variety of allergens to grow throughout the year. Most HVAC filtration systems can trap allergens that make it inside; however, filters cannot eradicate irritants from the air. Listed below are the top three most common florida allergens and preventive measures homeowners can take.

1. Mold

Mold is not just something nasty that grows on expired food; it is also a common allergen found throughout Florida. Mold thrives in dark, damp places such as utility rooms, bathrooms or anywhere moisture collects. Given Florida’s high humidity levels, this means mold can grow rampant. Whether individuals suffer from mold allergies or not, mold can have negative health effects on anyone who comes in contact with it. To prevent mold growth, invest in a dehumidifier and remember to have HVAC systems regularly inspected.

2. Ragweed

Ragweed, common to Florida, grows anywhere with moisture and air flow, and it produces a significant amount of pollen. Ragweed is one of the most common plants in the United States that causes sneezing. Since so much pollen can result from a single plant, Ragweed is easily one of Florida’s most common allergens. Homeowners can prevent ragweed pollen from entering the home by regularly changing out AC filters and paying special attention to preventive measures in the fall and the spring. Additionally, consider portable air filters during ragweed season. Homeowners can also prevent tracking the pollen indoors by removing shoes before entering the house. Those especially susceptible to ragweed should consider taking a daily antihistamine.

3. Dust

Dust is another common allergen in Florida. Dust, and specifically dust mites, can cause uncomfortable allergies in many individuals. Homes with carpeting are especially susceptible to collecting dust, so make sure carpeting stays clean and hire a company to do a deep carpet cleaning on a seasonal basis. The best way to proactively fight dust within the home is to ensure that the ductwork for the home’s air conditioning system is properly sealed and maintained. Also, make sure to regularly clean and/or change air filters as necessary.

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