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It’s In the Air Tonight: What Allergens Are In Your Office?

May 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Allergens are everywhere and can have vastly different effects on people. In the workplace, it’s difficult to keep track of everyone’s sensitivities. That is why it is important to understand the different types of airborne allergens as well as the best ways to fight them off. Here are some different types of common allergens that are probably circulating in your office right now:

Pollen
Every spring and summer, tiny particles are released from trees, grasses and weeds activating those wonderful things called allergies. Pollen is the culprit that enters our noses and throats triggering the pollen allergy commonly known as hay fever. While pollen allergies are seasonal, they are one of the most widespread allergens. Even indoors, it is difficult to evade windborne pollen. Those with pollen allergies tend to suffer from relentless sneezing, itchy eyes and throat, puffiness, and some breathing difficulties. People who have sensitivities to pollen are often susceptible to other allergens such as dust mites.

Mold
Mold allergens are most common in summertime as a result from the dampness of spring. Mold thrives in warm, moist environments and can spread to dangerous degrees. Mold spores are so small that they are easily inhaled into the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms associated with a mold allergy are similar to that of pollen; however, extended periods of mold exposure can cause more severe illness such as asthma, lung infections, fever, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.

Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic organisms that live in the dust particles of indoor environments. Dust contains a wider variety of particles such as fabric fibers, dander, mold spores, food particles and bits of plants and insects. These particles contain dust mite waste-products which can quickly provoke allergic reactions. The symptoms of dust allergies are similar to pollen in that there is plenty of sneezing and coughing involved. However, long-term exposure to dust could result in the development of asthma.

With allergies at an all-time high this spring and summer, it’s important to keep your employees safe and comfortable. Keeping up with these allergens is a daunting task that is best left to professionals. ServiceMaster Clean® provides thorough dusting of every area of your commercial building as part of our janitorial services in Pittsburgh, PA. Our technicians know the best tools and methods to eliminate those nasty effects of allergens, and we guarantee that your workplace will be safe for those with a variety of sensitivities. Give us a call today to learn more about our Pittsburgh janitorial service plans.


 

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