Allergies and Asthma
Allergies affect one in three Australians during their lifetime, and the frequency of allergy has doubled in the past few decades. Allergy occurs when a person’s immune system over-reacts to contaminants in the environment. Common allergens are dust mites, pets, pollen, insect bites or stings, mould, certain foods and some medicines.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction can range from mild to severe but even mild symptoms of sneezing, headaches and itchy eyes can be annoying and impact on quality of daily life. As a result of their symptoms, people who suffer from hay fever report feeling drowsy and having difficulty concentrating.
What if symptoms could be reduced or avoided altogether by treating allergens in the home?
Allergy is one of the major factors associated with asthma which affects one in ten people. Research shows that allergen avoidance is effective, and that those with asthma notice an improvement of their symptoms if their environment is kept free of house dust mites for long periods of time. Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in furnishings and bedding, and feed on particles of dead skin shed by people and pets. House dust mites are the most common allergen source in humid areas such as cities like Brisbane and coastal areas like the Gold Coast and the Tweed. Vacuuming at least once a week may reduce the number of dust mites but will not completely eradicate them. Other indoor allergens to be aware of are cat dander, cockroach droppings, and mould.
Treating Dust and Allergies In The Home
When treating dust and allergens in the home it is important to note that carpets can accumulate allergens. Vacuum cleaners alone do not remove all allergen particles and sometimes can further distribute allergen particles through the exhaust if they do not have an appropriate filter.
Children are more affected by dust mites and other allergens because children tend to roll around on the floor, breathing in the fine particles which can trigger asthma in those with allergies. Parents of children with asthma used to be instructed to rip up any carpet in the home but newer research does not support this as a general rule and it could be an expensive exercise with no guaranteed outcome.
Cat dander is one of the most difficult allergens to control because it is very light and floats around in the air. Cat fur can get caught on clothing and be distributed from homes to workplaces.
Other common allergens such as pollen can be brought in from outside and transferred to the carpet so even though your home or office may not harbor pets, the carpet in your home or business could still cause allergy and asthma symptoms in those who are sensitive to allergens.
Improving the air quality in your home or business can be achieved through regular carpet cleaning. Regular carpet cleaning can make your business environment more welcoming for people with allergies. Benefits of carpet cleaning in addition to reducing asthma and allergy symptoms include removing stains and smelly odours, and maintaining the health and life of your carpet.
If you would like more information on how to reduce allergens through carpet cleaning call Encore Carpet Professionals today on 1300 558 794 or email us