I had a general notion that allergies were on the increase in the world but I had no idea how badly my guess was correct until I started researching the issue. According to Web 55% of USA citizens now test positive for at least one allergen. The combined cost in health care and days of work lost because of allergies in the USA is a staggering $7.9 billion annually. Allergies rank as the fifth most serious chronic disease in the USA.

Symptoms vary for allergies but the commonest are: runny nose, eye irritation, sneezing, conjunctivitis, hives and angioedema.

One of the commonest allergies is a the allergy is dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic organisms that thrive in hot and humid homes. They feed off human skin and their excretion contains proteins that attack human respiratory passages and cause hay fever and asthma. Basically our bodies produce antibodies to fight the proteins in dust mite excretions. These antibodies in turn cause the release of a chemical called histamine that leads to swelling and irritation of the upper respiratory passages. This swelling of the respiratory passages is the typical symptoms of hay fever and asthma.

Sadly the predisposition to allergies is often hereditory. So to protect yourself and your children it is vital that you try and reduce the number of dust mites in your house. This involves limiting the number of places the dust mites can live and thrive. These places are furniture, carpet and bedding. Clean your sheets regularly and air your bedding. Limit the amount of furniture you have, especially in your bedroom, and most importantly rip up your carpet.

The ideal flooring alternative to carpet is reclaimed hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring allows no place for dust mites to live. By cleaning your reclaimed hardwood flooring two or three times a week with a dust mop or vaccum cleaner with a soft brush you will greatly reduce your exposure to dust mite excretions. So reclaimed hardwood flooring is one important weapon in the fight against allergies.

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