VOC

Over 400 VOC Compounds Are Identified In Homes

Volatile Organic Compounds Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are a combination of chemicals that vaporize easily and deliver gas pollutants into the home from a variety of sources. There are over 400 compounds in the VOC class which has been identified in the home and of these 250 can be found in carpeting. Common Sources VOCs are normally delivered into the air from synthetics and composite materials. The release of the pollutant usually happens during construction, finishing, and furnishing of a home because of the character of its host materials. VOCs can also be delivered by chemicals in aerosol sprays, […]

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Suffering from seasonal allergies

Suffering From Seasonal Allergies. What Can You Do?

Suffering from Seasonal Allergies? What can you do?  If you have seasonal allergies you already know how annoying they can be. They are part of our body’s normal reaction to external objects (like pollen), which our bodies have recognized as potentially harmful to our health and safety. During allergy seasons, our body misidentify pollens from investing plants as potentially hazardous substances and does everything it can to get rid of them.  Some of the following reactions can seem familiar to you. Symptoms of seasonal allergies and what the body is intending Increased slime production (our body intends to clean pollen from […]

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Dust mites

What Are Dust Mites?!

Dust mites (also called bed mites) is a cosmopolitan pyroglyphid that lives in human habitation. Some call them “skin eater” – and that’s exactly what they do. These microscopic arachnids are one of the main allergy offenders for people with allergic asthma. Dust mites love and reproduce easily in warm (temperatures at or above 70 degrees Fahrenheit), humid (70 to 80 percent) places. Dust mites die when the humidity goes below 50 percent. They are not normally found in dry climates. Invisible to the eye, dust mites are usually located in pillows, carpet, and upholstered furniture since they live on […]

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Chemicals And Toxins

Chemicals And Toxins

Cleaning supplies and household chemicals Everyone cleans their homes to protect their health. But did you know that household and cleaning products (including soaps, polishes, and grooming supplies) often include dangerous chemicals and toxins? Even “green” or “natural” products may include ingredients that can cause health problems. Some cleaning supplies can be flammable or corrosive. There are ways to limit your exposure to those risks. How can cleaning groceries, household goods harm health? Cleaning supplies or household products can harm your health in different ways. They can hurt the eyes or the neck or cause headaches or other health problems. […]

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Asthma

What is Asthma, Symptoms, Management, Treatment

What is Asthma?  Asthma is chronic (long-term) lung illness involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, let air come in and out of the lungs. Asthma causes repeating periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Usually, the coughing occurs at nighttime or early in the morning. Sometimes asthma is named bronchial asthma or reactive airway disease. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often begins during childhood. In 2013, 242 million people globally had asthma up from 183 million in 1990. In the United States, more than 24 million people have […]

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Allergy

What are allergies?

What are allergies? Allergies are the immune system’s response to unfamiliar or unknown agents. When you come into contact with one of these agents (known commonly as an allergen) the immune system goes on high alert, reacting as if the agent could cause dangerous harm. The most common reactions to allergens are a runny nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, hives, or coughing and wheezing (these symptoms are commonly known as hay fever). For some people allergens can aggravate asthma, causing a shortness of breath on top of the other symptoms. Allergies are a very well-known problem, out of the […]

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Pet Allergies

What Is Pet Dander?

If you have pets in your home then you have also a pet dander. Pet dander is small, even microscopic, flecks of skin emitted by cats, dogs, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. Pet dander can cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to the allergens. Which Animals Act the Biggest Problems? The biggest problems cause cats and dogs. Cats are kept as pets in 27 percent of houses in the United States and dogs are found in 32 percent. About 10% of the U.S. population has pet allergies and cats are among the […]

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Secondhand smoke

Secondhand Smoke

Tobacco smoke Secondhand smoke is also called as environmental tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke is the combination of 2 forms of smoke that come from smoking tobacco – Sidestream smoke and Mainstream smoke. Sidestream smoke is the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. Mainstream smoke is the smoke exhaled by a smoker. The tobacco will keep burning even when it is not being smoked because of chemicals. Why is tobacco smoke a problem? Secondhand smoke holds up to 7,000 chemicals, including trace quantities of poisons like formaldehyde, arsenic, DDT, and cyanide. More than 250 of these […]

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Pollen, dust mites, mold

3 Most Common Household Allergens and How to Avoid Them

3 Most Common Household Allergens and How to Avoid Them If you have a runny nose, watery eyes, itchy skin, or other symptoms that make you feel discomfort at home then there are a high possibility that in your home lives allergens. Three most common allergens are dust mites, mold, and pollen. Dust mites (also called bed mites) is a cosmopolitan pyroglyphid that lives in human habitation. These microscopic arachnids are one of the main allergy offenders for people with allergic asthma. Dust mites love and reproduce easily in warm (temperatures at or above 70 degrees Fahrenheit), humid (70 to 80 […]

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