Those suffering from allergies and asthma – including your children – may be exacerbating their suffering by living in a home with wall-to-wall carpeting.
BY JOHN KOLBASKA, OWNER
Experts at the Mayo Clinic indicate that switching to a hardwood or vinyl floor can have pronounced health benefits for those who suffer from allergies and asthma.
Because carpeting can be a breeding ground for allergens, and one that extends throughout your entire house, it can also be a primary cause of allergy flare-ups. The Mayo Clinic recommends that those suffering from allergies can “remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring” in order to help reduce allergens in the home.
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways in your lungs. These swollen airways can make breathing difficult and can causing wheezing, tightness in the chest, and other issues. There are no age limits to the condition; both children and adults can suffer from it.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology notes that “there is no cure for asthma, but once it is properly diagnosed and a treatment plan is in place you will be able to manage your condition, and your quality of life will improve.”
Key to managing your condition, whether it is allergies or asthma, is identifying what triggers your flare-ups in the first place.
According to Dr. James Li, MD, Chair of the Division of Allergic Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine, “reducing exposure to asthma triggers is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent asthma flare-ups.”
A home’s carpeting may be one of the primary culprits.
Even without the presence of pets and the dander they leave behind, carpeting can be a place for pollen, tiny particles such as the flakes of skin we all shed each day, and other allergy triggers to gather.
A proper cleaning can help, but this can be time and labor intensive. It’s also something homeowners must do frequently in order to minimize their risk of flare-ups.
A switch to hardwood or vinyl floors, among other carpet-free options, can be a more effective means of managing these breeding grounds for allergy triggers.
Clean, smooth flooring is not merely aesthetically pleasing. It provides no safe harbors within which pollen, pet dander and other particles can gather. It is also quickly and easily cleaned. You can vacuum such floors just as you would a carpet, and unlike carpeting, more in depth cleaning is easy and inexpensive, requiring no special equipment other than a broom.
Modern hardwood flooring is affordable, too, making it a viable option when in the past it may have been out of reach for the average family. The cost of a switch is reasonable, and may be balanced by the lowered healthcare expenses enjoyed when allergy symptoms are lessened.
For many, the result of a switch to hardwood floors has proven to be a happier, healthier life.
And for those suffering from allergies and asthma, that is no small thing.
As Dr. Li points out when writing for the Mayo Clinic, “The more people know, the better they can take care of these conditions.”
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