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Is carpet a bad choice if you have allergies?

Is carpet a bad choice if you have allergies?

For many years carpets were regarded as a no no when it came to allergies and asthma. People suffering with asthma or similair allergies were advised to remove all carpet in the home because carpet traps allergens, believing that this exacerbates the symptoms of these conditions.

Over at the Carpet and Rug Institute, they believe the answer is NO. here’s a quick overview of what they have to say about it.

What you should know:

* Carpet helps keep the air free of allergens and pollutants whenproperly vacuumed and maintained.

* It’s what falls to the carpet – such as allergens, everyday dust, pet dander and other pollutants – that tends to stay on the carpet until it is vacuumed, unlike smooth surfaces that allow these particles to re-circulate.

* Properly maintained carpet leads to improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment because regular vacuuming with a HEPA-certified vacuum cleaner traps pollutants in the machine and removes them from the air you breathe.

* There is no scientific study linking the rise of allergy and asthma to the use of carpet. Several studies disprove any correlation.

*  Carpet may even be helpful to people with asthma: http://journals.elsevierhealth.com/medline/record/MDLN.12170270

*  2003 study of more than 4,500 school children in the USA found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. http://www.nature.com/jes/journal/v13/n3/full/7500266a.html

* Another large study of more than 19,000 people in 18 countries was conducted, and the results published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Their results: Fitted carpets and rugs in the bedroom were related to fewer asthma symptoms and bronchial responsiveness

* Studies have compared the distribution of airborne dust associated with everyday activities on hard and soft flooring surfaces. Findings show that walking on hard surfaces disturbed more particles. These particles became airborne and entered the breathing zone. In contrast, carpeted surfaces trapped more particles so that walking disturbed fewer particles. The result was less dust in the breathing zone over carpeted floors.  http://www.carpet-health.org/pdf/AllergenPaper.pdf 

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