It’s World Allergy Week (April 4-10, 2016). With spring upon us we’d like to take some time to share some information about allergies and the ways you can help keep your home healthy and clean for the entire family. We will also share links to organizations so you can learn more and even get involved in raising awareness of the growing problems associated with outdoor allergies.
Spring is the season most associated with allergies related to pollen and other allergens. Each year the number of people affected by allergies around the world grows. World Allergy Week is an annual event created by the World Allergy Organization (WAO) its mission is to raise awareness of allergic diseases and provide resources for diagnosis and prevention of allergies worldwide.
What is pollen allergy (also commonly known as hay fever)?
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis is the scientific definition of an allergic condition that affects the interconnected membranes of the eyes and nose. Many of us are familiar with the symptoms: runny noses, congestion, itchy and watery eyes. These symptoms are triggered by a hypersensitivity to airborne pollens from trees, grasses and weeds. Mold and fungi are also common triggers for allergies both inside and outside the home.
According to research conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) approximately 50 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from allergic diseases and are the third most chronic disease among children. It is highly likely that you have someone close to you who suffers from seasonal allergies. There are many resources dedicated to understanding allergies and each year there are improved treatment and prevention options brought onto the market to help.
The AAFA recommends some basic prevention tips which include:
- Limiting outdoor activities when pollen counts are high.
- Keeping windows closed during pollen seasons (like Spring) and using a central air conditioning system with a HEPA filter.
- Wash your bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat outdoors. This helps keep pollen out of your eyes and off of your hair.
Chem-Dry is committed to helping maintain a clean and healthy home for you or anyone in your family who suffers from allergies. Our Hot Carbonating Extraction Process (HCE) has been proven to remove 98% of non-living allergens* from carpets and upholstery.
To learn more about World Allergy Week visit the World Allergy Organization.
To learn more about the symptoms, prevention and treatments available for allergy sufferers in the U.S. visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
*Based on results from a study conducted by an independent laboratory using the Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite matter. Figures are an average across multiple homes.