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Why Do You Always Feel Ill At Home?

Thursday, June 30, 2022

 

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Everyone becomes ill from something each year, whether it's the common cold or something more serious, like COVID-19.

But, have you ever noticed that you always feel ill when you're at home for prolonged periods, yet when you go outdoors, or to an indoor space elsewhere, you feel fine?

If so, don't worry because you're not alone. There could be many reasons why you feel so ill when you're at home. The following illustrates a few common examples to help you isolate the cause:
 
You Experience Sick Building Syndrome

Have you ever heard of something called Sick Building Syndrome or SBS for short? In a nutshell, SBS is where you exhibit the symptoms of the common cold or something similar but only in one specific building. When you're elsewhere, you feel perfectly fine.

It can be challenging to pinpoint the causes of your SBS, especially if it only occurs in your home, but one way to alleviate your symptoms is by keeping your windows open for ventilation.
 
Your HVAC System Needs Repair

Another possible cause for your continual sickness at home might be down to a faulty HVAC system. As you might expect, HVAC systems that function correctly will filter all the air that enters your home through various ducts.

If the opposite is happening, you will need to contact a HVAC repair company as they can assess which faulty components are impacting your health and get them replaced immediately.

For now, it makes sense to turn off the system and open the windows for some fresh air.
 
You’re Allergic To Your Pets

Do you have pets, such as cats or dogs? If so, you may not realize it, but you're probably allergic to your feline friends or canine companions. A pet allergy is when a person is allergic to certain proteins found in a pet's skin cells, or their saliva or urine.

Pet allergies can cause all kinds of symptoms ranging from asthma-like breathing problems to nasal congestion and runny noses.

You can ask your doctor to get you tested for pet allergies, but if such a test comes back positive, you may have a hard decision to make about the future of your pets - i.e., you may have to give them up for adoption.
 
There Is Mold Growing In Your Home

Mold is a common problem that can affect homes in various climates. It's often caused by a build-up of condensation in confined spaces like bathrooms, and such scenarios create the perfect breeding ground for mold spores.

Of course, mold isn't just found in bathrooms. It can be in other living spaces, such as your bedroom, your living room, or even your kitchen. Opening your windows each day, especially after having a bath or shower, is a good way to help prevent mold.
 
Your Home Is Too Dusty

Last but not least, if you have a lax cleaning regime, the high levels of dust in your home might be to blame for your constant illnesses at home. Dust is an irritant and can cause all kinds of common cold and flu-like symptoms to appear in some people.



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