In our earlier blog, we discussed the presence of biological pollutants in a home. Now let’s talk about how they could be affecting your health. Before we begin, however, it is important to mention that many of the symptoms associated with allergies to bio pollutants are very similar to those of other illnesses, so you must make sure you check with your health care practitioner for an accurate diagnosis.
To determine whether biological pollutants are affecting your health, it is good to ask yourself the following questions:
Have you recently had some work done to the house such as weatherstripping, insulating, or installing storm windows? If the answer is yes, did your symptoms start during or after the work was done?
When was the last time you cleaned or changed the filters of you’re a/c units or humidifiers? Has it been a long time?
Does your home have any musty odors that would indicate some moisture intrusion? Do you have a high level of indoor humidity or water that gathers on hard surfaces?
Symptoms often associated with allergies to bio pollutants are tiredness, headaches, stuffy nose, fever, difficulty breathing, and a dry throat. If you suffer from any of these health problems, do they go away after you have spent some time out of doors?
If you can answer yes to some of these questions, it would be a good idea to let your doctor know, as it may help with their diagnosis.