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Rip up the carpet ... or not?

People with asthma and allergies are often advised to rip up the carpet and have a hard floor instead. However, this issue is more complex than it might seem.
First off, you need to know which allergic triggers affect you or your family. It may not be worth spending the time or money to change your flooring if it is not going to make a lot of difference to your overall health. For help on how to identify triggers, see our Know your triggers page.
House dust mites are usually the biggest concern as they can happily live and breed in your rugs and carpets but pet dander and mould can also play a role.  
There are pros and cons for all types of flooring, just as carpets are not all the same:
  • Allergens can become airborne more easily with hard floors, whereas carpets trap them in their pile
  • Some carpets contain reliable anti-fungal additives to suppress mould and dust mites
  • Treated underlay together with short-pile carpet can be a great alternative to hard flooring.
  No matter what flooring type you choose, regular cleaning is essential. For hard floors, using a damp or electrostatic cloth or mop will help reduce the amount of allergens being stirred up and becoming airborne. For carpets, using a vacuum cleaner with an effective filter (such as HEPA) will help trap the allergens in the machine so they don’t get blown around the house. Allergy-sensitive people should avoid being in a room while it’s being vacuumed and for at least 20 minutes afterwards.
For more information on managing allergies check out these great resources on our website:

November is Asbestos Awareness month

The campaign 'Don’t Play Renovation Roulette! - Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember!' aims to educate homeowners, renovators, handymen and tradespeople about the dangers of asbestos and how to manage it safely.

So, if you or someone you know are thinking about renovating, learn how to safely deal with asbestos in and around your home by visiting the campaign website.

Smoking can change your DNA

The Huffington Post has reported results of a study by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA, that smoking can change a person's DNA.

It has been reported that people who smoke a pack a day develop an average of 150 extra mutations in their lungs every year, which explains why smokers have such a higher risk of developing lung cancer.

Read more on the article.

Yes, even animals get asthma!

The UK's BBC Earth recently aired a news story about a young female sea otter who has been trained to take medicine from an inhaler, because she is the first of her kind to be diagnosed with the breathing condition asthma. 

See more about this story.

World COPD Day: 16 November 2016
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