Home Cleaning to Reduce Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

May 2011

More than 15 million Americans suffer from asthma, a life threatening illness that can cause severe lung inflammation.  It can start at any time in your life, and can be caused by a mix of factors, including your environment (dust mites and house dander in your home), your lifestyle (the toxin levels that you are exposed to), and your genetics.

It is a fact that kids have at least a 25% chance of developing asthma if their parents have allergies.  It is also a fact that one-third of Americans with asthma are under the age of 18.

Even if you have a genetic predisposition to asthma, you can control the symptoms of the disabling effects that come from chronic inflammation and attacks.

First, try to avoid irritants that can trigger your asthma, like smoke, stress, and allergies - which is one of the main causes of asthma attacks.  Allergies are the exaggerated actions of the immune system to substances that do not cause symptoms in most people.  Those reactions can come in forms of skin rashes, stuffy noses, itchy eyes and upset stomachs.  Other symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and any distress to the respiratory system, which are all symptoms of asthma.

More than one-third of Americans have allergies, but most do not have their symptoms under control.  If you have allergies, you must know that they can affect your lungs and they can be life threatening.

The three basic ways of treating allergies are:  medications, allergy shots, and avoidance of allergens, especially in your home.

For allergy sufferers, the best types of cleaning products are those that are non-toxic.  Green cleaning products are better for those with allergies, but read labels carefully, as some of these products still contain irritating substances.  Some of the best anti-allergy cleaning solutions can be found right in your own home.  Baking soda and vinegar work wonders in the natural cleaning world.  Homemade solutions made from these products can keep your home spotless and clean for a minimal cost and at a minimal hazard.  If the smell of vinegar bothers you, add some drops of lemon juice to your solution.

Many homes also contain carpeting, which is a haven for allergens.  If you cannot get rid of the carpet, you will have to aggressively clean your floors to reduce the amount of dust mites and other allergens who live there.

To reduce the amount of pollen coming into your home and sticking to the carpet, try and mandate a "no shoes indoors" policy.  Vacuum high traffic areas with a HEPA filter vacuum.  Don't forget about bath and area rugs.

Consider buying or renting a vapor-steam cleaner, which is very effective in wiping out germs, grime, and dust from floors, furniture, drapes, tiles, and countertops without aggravating allergies.  Do not mistake the vapor-steam cleaner with the water-extraction cleaner, which uses a chemical cleaning solution and water that can contribute to mold and mildew.

If you have allergies and asthma, you can get them under control.  An allergy management plan should start in the home because home cleaning reduces the amount of allergens which can help alleviate allergy symptoms.

Throughout the month of May, blog.maidbrigade.com will be focusing extensively on ways to allergy-proof your home.  From the grimy garage to the dust-prone bedroom, we will tell you how to minimize your risk of allergens at home!

 Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about the health of you and your family.  For more informtaion on green living and green cleaning, please log on to maidbrigade.com and blog.maidbrigade.com.

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