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The Ultimate Indoor Allergies Quiz
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Your warm and comfy home is inviting to thousands of unwanted guests, such as dust mites, mold spores and chemical irritants. These unwanted guests can greatly exacerbate your allergy symptoms. Take this quiz to learn about indoor allergens and how to prevent these unwanted guests from taking over your home.
What a percentage of American beds have high enough dust mite counts to trigger allergy symptoms?
Almost haft of the American population have beds with enough dust mite allergens to trigger allergy symptoms. A quarter of the American population has very high dust mite counts, enough to trigger the onset of asthma.
What should you do to prevent dust mite buildup in your bed?
Wash your sheets in 130 degree Fahrenheit water to kill dust mites. You may also want to cover you mattress with a mite-proof cover. Taking these precautions is important considering we spend a good portion of a 24-hour day in bed.
What other things in your bedroom may exacerbate to your allergy symptoms?
Dry-cleaned clothes emit unhealthy gases and your carpet likely emits chemicals that were used to produce it. Both of these toxins can exacerbate your allergy symptoms.
What useful household appliance may be contributing to your allergy symptoms?
It is essential to properly and regularly clean your humidifier. If left unclean, a humidifier is a hotbed for mold, mildew and cockroaches.
What harmful gas is generally found in higher quantities in your basement?
Exposure to high quantities of radon, which is a natural radioactive gas typically found in dwellings closer to the ground, has been linked to lung cancer. Carbon monoxide may also be present in your basement from poorly functioning heating systems.
How do cockroaches exacerbate allergy symptoms?
There is a protein in cockroach droppings that can trigger asthma and allergies. This is especially a problem for young children living in urban areas.
How do you keep cockroaches from becoming unwanted guests in your home?
Make sure to clean up after every meal, including sweeping away crumbs, vacuuming, and washing dishes immediately. Also store all open food products in airtight containers. You should also keep your house dry by fixing any leaky faucets.
How many dust mites would you find in a typical bed mattress?
Yikes! There are from 10,000 to 100,000 dust mites in an average mattress. In every half a teaspoon of dust, expect to find 500 dust mites.
To decrease dust mites in your home, you should:
Dust mites love warmth and humidity. For this reason it is important to frequently air out your home and use a dehumidifier to prevent the spread of dust mites.
How often should you clean your bedroom to decrease allergies related to dust mites?
If you have carpet in your bedroom, vacuum it once a day to decrease dust mites. Also dust furniture once daily.
What natural product kills dust mites?
Eucalyptus essential oil is a great way to kill dust mites without using harsh cleaning products. Simply combine five drops of eucalyptus oil to two cups of distilled water and spray it on your bedding daily.
What should you add to your room to decrease the occurrence of dust mites?
Plants can help regulate humidity levels in your bedroom. So, consider adding a few plants to your bedroom decor.
What type of bed does not house high quantities of dust mites?
Natural latex mattresses are very expensive, but worth the cost if you want to fight off dust mites in your bed. Consider purchasing an air mattress, which also does not house dust mites, as an inexpensive alternative.
Where are you likely to find indoor mold?
Indoor mold spores grow in damp and dark places such as inside your air conditioner, garbage container and refrigerator; and in attics, basements and garages.
How do you reduce indoor mold?
Mold spores can become part of dust, so its important to dust your home frequently. Also, clean your home with a antimold product or simply with water and bleach.
Mold is more likely to grow in below-ground rooms in your home, such as your basement. What is recommended for these rooms to prevent mold growth?
Mold needs darkness to grow, so keep damp rooms well lit. Also consider using a mold-inhibiting paint when painting your below ground rooms.
What percentage humidity should your home be maintained at to reduce mold growth?
Your humidity levels should never rise about 50 percent. Purchase a humidity level gauge to monitor your indoor humidity levels.
What is a major concern regarding office spaces and airborne allergies?
To conserve energy, most modern offices were built to be air-tight. This means that airborne allergens and chemical irritants, such as carpet cleaning solvents, have no place to go.
What type of rag should you use to trap dust mites?
You should use a damp cloth to catch those nasty dust mites, rather than just spreading them around.
What should you do after you finish cleaning your home?
You probably have tons of dust mites all over you after cleaning your home. For this reason, it's best to take a shower before you do anything else.
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