Install Carpet to Control Allergens

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There are several instances online that suggest that carpet is bad for allergies and that hardwood or tile floor are better. We disagree.

This post will explain the reasons to install carpet to control allergens in and limit your exposure to allergens in the air in your home.

WHY INSTALL CARPET?

The reason some think carpet is bad for allergies is because carpet traps allergens, contaminants and toxins in its fibers.

Basically, your carpet is a giant air filter on the floor of your home. Dust particles, dirt and other allergens will float in the air until they eventually float down to the carpet. Then the allergens are trapped in the carpet until you vacuum the floor or hire a carpet cleaning company.

The allergens will never return to the air after they come into contact with the carpet. It’s true they’re still in your home, but they’re no longer a threat to your health unless you were to spend a lot of time lying on the carpet.

What’s the difference with tile and hardwood floor? The same thing happens where dust and dirt will circulate through the air in your home and eventually fall and settle onto the floor. However, with hardwood floor or tile floor, there is nothing that traps the allergens.

This means a breeze in your home or a brush of air from someone walking by will result in the dust and allergens floating off of the hardwood floor and into the air again. The longer the amount of time the dust is in the air the more likely the chance you or someone in your family breathe in the allergen.

This is why we prefer carpet for homes with allergen sufferers. The allergens are more likely to be in the carpet than in the air.

There is no evidence of carpet creating its own allergens or any other reason you would want to avoid it as the type of floor you choose for your home.

The good news is you can remove the allergens from the carpet whenever you want to too.

You just need to vacuum the floor two or three times every week to remove the allergens that recently floated onto the floor.

You can purchase a vacuum with a HEPA air filter too. You can also ensure the vacuum is more effective if you change the bag or canister often. If the canister is full before you start to vacuum, it will not properly contain all of the dust and dirt.

You can remove the deeper, embedded allergens from the carpet with an appointment from a professional carpet cleaner.

We recommend Chem-Dry. Their method for carpet cleaning has been proven to remove over 98% of allergens from carpet. You can learn more about their method for carpet cleaning here: drycarpetcleaningtampa.com

We hope this post helps you understand why carpet is a good choice for your home if you want to control allergens and reduce the amount of allergens in the air. We feel it is the best choice for flooring in your home.

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Are Some Dogs Hypoallergenic?

Are you allergic to dogs but still want to own a dog? There are many Americans saddened to be unable to own a pet because of their allergies. The good news is, there are some breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic.

It is important to note that no dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic, but there are breeds that are less prone to cause allergic symptoms or the release of histamines from the body.

The type of dog someone allergic to dogs should own is one that has a non-shedding coat or a coat that sheds much less than typical dogs.

The main cause for pet and dog allergies is related to dander. Dander comes from the skink flakes of the animal as well as its saliva.

People are not actually allergic to the pet hair itself but rather the dander within the pet hair. A dog will wash itself with its tongue and saliva. The saliva and dander is then in the hair when it sheds and enters the air in your home.

Here are the breeds of dogs that are a good choice for someone who suffers from dander allergies:

  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton De Tulear
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Poodle
  • Schnauzer
  • Afghan Hound

You will notice some of the more common and popular breeds of dogs are not on the list. You will not want to own a golden retriever or a Labrador if you suffer from allergies related to pet dander.

If you do purchase one of these breeds of dogs, we recommend someone in your home is not allergic bathe and brush the dog on a regular basis. This can be done outside where the dander and hair will shed and disperse into the environment and not into the air in your home. This should help reduce the amount of dander you are subjected to in your home on a daily basis.

We hope this post encourages you to own a dog if you always have wanted to but felt you never could because of your allergies. If you own a hypoallergenic dog and care for it properly it will bring delight to your life and your home.

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Is It a Cold or Allergies?

The symptoms of the common cold are extremely similar to allergy symptoms. We associate sneezing, irritated eyes, an itchy nose, coughing and congestion with the common cold but all are also common for allergies.

You don’t want to treat someone for the common could if they have allergies. Learn how to tell if you or someone is suffering from a cold or allergies:

TRAITS OF A COLD

– The common cold is a virus that is passed through the air and sometimes through touch. The virus is contagious whereas allergies are not.

– The average American has 2-3 cases of the cold each year whereas allergies can occur repeatedly throughout an entire year.

– A severe cold will sometimes lead to high body temperatures and fevers and aches and pains not often associated with allergies.

– A cold typically lasts no longer than 3-10 days total. You can treat a cold with medication and rest will help speed up the recovery whereas allergies are permanent.

TRAITS OF ALLERGIES

– Allergies are an adverse reaction to various substances and materials in a home or environment.

– Common allergens found in homes are dust mites, pollen, dander and mold. Some Americans suffer from food allergies related to dairy and wheat.

– The body releases histamines to fight off allergens but the histamines are what lead to the coughing, sneezing and allergy symptoms.

– You will not experience a fever or body aches from allergies. If you are experiencing a fever you are suffering from a cold or another virus and not allergies.

The best indication as to whether you have allergies or a cold is whether you are suffering from a fever, body aches or a loss of appetite. These symptoms are related to the cold and viruses and not allergies.

If the symptoms persist for several days and there is no fever or aches then it is more likely that you are suffering from allergies.

If this is the case, you will need to find the triggers of the allergies in your home and do your best to remove them using HEPA filters, dehumidifiers and purchasing hypoallergenic products.

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Hypoallergenic Products for Your Home

You can fight the allergens in your home. One way to do so is to purchase and use hypoallergenic items throughout your house. There are several products to buy that are hypoallergenic that will help fight and prevent allergies from occurring.

Here are our must-have hypoallergenic items for an allergy sufferer’s home:

#1. DEHUMIDIFIER

Humidity breeds allergens. Some of the most common household allergens form and multiply in humid conditions. The most common is dust mites. Dust mites live and breed in human regions of your home. You can fight humidity in your home with one or two well place dehumidifiers. A dehumidifier will also help to prevent mold growth that can lead to allergies and respiratory issues.

#2. BEDDING

In our last post, we mentioned how much dust mites love to live in mattresses.

Bedding is one of the most common places dust mites breed due to the warm and dark bedding. Mattresses are a good feeding ground too because of the skin flakes humans shed during sleep.

You can purchase hypoallergenic pillows, pillowcases, sheets, comforters and mattress pads and mattresses that will help eliminate dust mites in your bedding.

#3. AIR PURIFIER

An air purifier will circulate and filter the air in your home and remove smoke, dander, dust and other allergens that float in the air you breathe in. You can ensure you are breathing in the highest quality of air in your home with an air purifier.

#4. COSMETIC PRODUCTS

The beauty industry offers products that are less irritable on your skin. Several chemicals found in beauty products can lead to hives or rashes and other skin irritations but hypoallergenic cosmetics help to prevent rashes and other irritants on your skin.

#5. GLUTEN-FREE FOOD

Your diet can be hypoallergenic too! Avoid foods that contain gluten and opt for gluten-free alternatives. Gluten is often found in bread, cereals, pasta and other foods high in wheat. You don’t have to be allergic to gluten to experiences benefits from a gluten-free diet as wheat is often high in calories and sugar content.

This post illustrates the various hypoallergenic products that can help to fight allergies in your home. You would be surprised to find a hypoallergenic alternative to several of the items you use in your home every day.

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Dust Mites in Your Home

One of the most common household allergens in the USA and the world are dust mites. You will find dust mites in bedding, clothing, carpet and furniture. Dust mites strive in humidity and warm areas and reproduce at rapid rates.

Learn more about dust mites below:

ABOUT DUST MITES

Dust mites are microscopic and invisible to the human eye. These allergens are so small that you will find over 1,000 dust mites in a single gram of dust. As mentioned above, dust mites reproduce fast. A pregnant female dust mite will produce 25-30 dust mites in a week of time so the amount of dust mites in your home can grow fast.

The most popular place to find dust mites in a home is in mattresses. Dust mites love mattress because they’re warm and dust mites can feed off of human skin flakes that fall off through a night of sleep. Your mattress will increase in weight over time as more and more dust mites live and reproduce on it.

You will often find dense populations of dust mites in carpet and in furniture too. Human skin flakes shed and fall to the ground on carpet or shed on furniture when you sit on it.

DUST MITE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

You are allergic to dust mites if it is common for you to wake in the morning feeling congested or with a stuffy nose or red eyes. These are the most common dust mite allergy symptoms. 10% of the world’s population are allergic to dust mites and over 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to the waste that dust mites produce.

HOW TO FIGHT DUST MITES

You can reduce the dust mite population in your home by using hypoallergenic bedding materials and cleaning your mattress multiple times a year. You should clean your bedding at least one time a week too.

Vacuum your carpet every day and schedule deep carpet cleaning at least once every 12 months to remove a large percentage of dust mites from carpet. You should also deep clean upholstery during the same appointment too to eliminate dust mites on sofas and chairs.

You should install a HEPA filter and provide good air circulation throughout your home too. The goal is for your home to not be humid. A dehumidifier will also help.

You now know how common dust mite allergens are in homes in the USA and world, dust mite symptoms and how to remove dust mites from your home for a healthier living space.