EPA Warns: Indoor Allergies Can Be High-Risk
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that our homes are “the most allergic" environments in the nation!
In a report prepared jointly by the EPA’s Consumer Product Safety Commission and The American Lung Association, researchers explain that dangerously high levels of asthma and allergy-causing contaminants are present in every home. “The air in our homes can be even more polluted than outdoor air,” the scientists say.
Most contaminants come from pets and dust mites
Ironically, the animals and insects themselves cause no problems. The trouble comes from protein molecules in their “biological residuals”—cat fur, saliva, dog dander, urine and mite droppings.
These microscopic protein particles are what doctors call “indoor allergens,” provoking asthma and allergy symptoms in over 100 million Americans.
- Because they’re so small and lightweight, they float through the air and constantly enter through windows and doorways, air vents, floorboards, even automobile exhaust systems.
- Because they’re sticky, these allergens cling to clothing, upholstery, pillows and bed sheets, towels, rugs, drapes and other fabric surfaces. From there, they are picked up and absorbed into human skin.
- Although we cannot feel them, the allergens also enter our body directly, through our ears, nose, mouth and skin pores.
Allergens can never be eliminated
Studies have measured dangerously high levels of cat and dog allergens in school classrooms, hospitals, shopping malls, even allergists’ medical offices.
Other research proves that unsuspected inhalation of allergens can definitely initiate an allergic response. (That helps explain why more than 50% of those suffering from cat allergies have never owned a cat!)
Many people, especially those with dust mite allergies, try ridding their home and office of all rugs, drapes and upholstered furniture—places where allergens tend to collect. Unfortunately, no matter how much cleaning you do, the contaminants will immediately begin to accumulate again.
Allergens can cause asthma and allergies
The complex causes of indoor allergies and asthma remain somewhat mysterious. However, experts do know that both can be cumulative. In other words, years of exposure to high concentrations of protein allergens will eventually lead to an allergic reaction in even mildly susceptible people.
When will that happen? It’s different for every person. But we all have a threshold for handling allergens and when the level of contaminants around us exceeds that level, we start to experience symptoms.
Sadly, experts now know that children with allergies are most at risk. Youngsters living in homes with high levels of dust indoor allergens are 500% more likely to develop asthma, a chronic and serious medical problem.
It pays to take preventative action
The best time to fight allergies and asthma are before they develop. Once symptoms do develop, the same battle becomes even more important. Here are 6 strategies to consider:
- Use the Easy Air Anti-Allergy System. Unlike most allergy products, which introduce pesticides and other toxic chemicals into your home, the Easy Air Anti-Allergy System is all natural. Used together, its Anti-Allergy Relief Spray and Anti-Allergy Laundry Rinse instantly deconstruct protein allergens at a molecular level. It’s like taking dangerous boulders and crumbling them into harmless rubble.
Both formulas are available without prescription and cause no side effects. They have been clinically tested and work immediately upon contact. They’re all-organic, biodegradable and safe to use even around babies and pets. Yet these state-of-the-art liquid solutions are powerful enough to instantly transform your home into an Allergy Free Zone.
- Get a mite-proof mattress covers. Most doctors agree this will help ease symptoms if asthma or allergies have already developed. And it’s one more way to prevent problems if they haven’t yet begun.
- Neuter your cats. Cat allergen (Fel-d1) is controlled by hormones and non-neutered males produce the most. Multiple studies have shown, however, that neutering sharply lowers Fel-d1 levels in female cats, too.
- Change the litter box frequently. And since cat allergens originate in feline urine and solid waste, it best to place the litter box in your garage or a room that can be vented to the outside.
- Shampoo pets often. Bathing your dog will lower the level of surrounding dog allergen (Can f1) by as much as 84%. In cats, a weekly bath at your neighborhood groomer will reduce airborne cat allergens by nearly 50%.
- Have someone else do pet grooming. Nothing gets rid of more pet allergens than brushing and bathing. But during the process, millions of allergens are released into the area. If you have asthma, cat or dog allergies, you should not groom your pets yourself. And if you must, then wear a dust filtering mask while bathing, brushing or combing.