Do Carpets Really Make Allergies Worse?

Many Americans worry that carpets can contribute to allergies and asthma, but studies suggest that it’s time to sweep those worries under the rug.

Allergens exist in every home. When inhaled, these allergens can cause an immune system response, which manifests as watery eyes, a runny nose, sinus congestion, conjunctivitis or hives. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a common problem in children and adults. But the problem does not lie with carpeting. In 2002, Research Triangle Institute and University of North Carolina investigators studied two North Carolina schools — one with tile floors, and one with tcarpetst. The study found that airborne allergens existed in higher concentration in the school with tiles.

The Truth About Allergies and Carpet

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Many Americans worry that carpets can contribute to allergies and asthma, but studies suggest that it’s time to sweep those worries under the rug.

Allergens exist in every home. When inhaled, these allergens can cause an immune system response, which manifests as watery eyes, a runny nose, sinus congestion, conjunctivitis or hives. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a common problem in children and adults. But the problem does not lie with carpeting. In 2002, Research Triangle Institute and University of North Carolina investigators studied two North Carolina schools — one with tile floors, and one with carpets. The study found that airborne allergens existed in higher concentration in the school with tiles.

Why? Carpet can hold a large amount of soil before it looks dirty. While it traps dust and dirt, it also holds potential allergens like mold spores and dander. Allergens cannot cause symptoms unless they become airborne and are able to be inhaled. Serving as a filter, carpet doesn’t allow allergens to enter back into the air. Once trapped, allergens can be easily removed with vacuuming and steam cleaning.

In a recent paper, Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff, Ph.D., DABT, wrote that “with respect to asthma and allergies, multiple studies have reported fewer allergy and asthma symptoms associated with carpet.”

In addition to allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may still cause some people concern about their carpets, but scientific evidence suggests that carpets emit very few chemical irritants. According to a study by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), carpet VOCs reduce so quickly that they do not pose a health threat. If concerned, consumers should look for low-VOC carpets like those made by Shaw Floors, which meet the CRI’s Green Label Plus standard, the most stringent standard in the industry for low levels of VOCs.

For more information, visit www.shawfloors.com/allergens.

Research Identifies New Option for Sinus Relief

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Exciting new clinical results bring new hope for the millions of sinusitis sufferers in the U.S., who need an effective yet safe alternative for sinus relief. Results of a new controlled clinical trial show that a proprietary capsaicin-based nasal spray called Sinus Buster starts to provide sinus relief in under one minute. As an all-natural product, Sinus Buster was also clinically shown to be safe with no rebound effect or loss of smell.

Millions of Americans in pursuit of sinus relief often turn to medicated over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick and effective action. However, the drugs found in these nasal sprays, oxymetazoline and phenylephrine, cannot be used for more than three days. Longer use can cause rebound effect, which causes more congestion and can potentially lead to a habit-forming behavior. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 10 million Americans need to break the OTC nasal spray addiction habit.

Based on the Sinus Buster clinical results, sinus suffers can now get fast, effective relief in an all natural formula without the risk of rebound congestion. The clinical study was completed by leading researcher Dr. Jonathan Bernstein, a professor and immunology/allergy research specialist at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. The study showed that subjects who received Sinus Buster experienced onset of relief in under one minute and continued to show significant improvement in nasal congestion and sinus pain at each of the measured time points over the two-week duration of the study.

“The study results demonstrate that Sinus Buster is a powerful solution for sinus congestion, pressure and headaches that not only provides immediate relief, but also provides sustained relief throughout the course of the two-week treatment period,” said Dr. Bernstein.

Importantly, the study also showed Sinus Buster to have a favorable safety profile. Sinus Buster was well tolerated without a rebound effect. There was no negative effect on sense of smell. In fact, patients who received Sinus Buster showed a statistically significant improvement in sense of smell.

Sinus Buster’s non-habit-forming formula is made without chemicals, additives or preservatives. Its efficacy is derived from a combination of capsaicin and eucalyptus. Capsaicin has a long history as a natural therapeutic agent for a variety of ailments; over 40 clinical studies worldwide document intranasal capsaicin’s safety and effectiveness in the treatment of sinusitis, allergic rhinitis and headaches.

The proprietary Sinus Buster formula is the first capsaicin-based nasal spray to be offered in the U.S. and is also the first all-natural nasal spray to demonstrate onset of action in under one minute. To learn more about Sinus Buster, visit www.BusterBrands.com.