How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies

How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies

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...