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Summer Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

by Airbiotics June 15, 2017 Summer Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Summer Allergies

Summer is here, the perfect time of the year to enjoy the outdoors! Whether you’re biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, exploring, beach, or staying in, there is something to consider, summer allergies.  Generally, spring and fall season are associated with allergies and sniffles but summer is also a time where allergies are prevalent. Even if you’ve never experienced allergies before, it can start to affect you at any age or moment of the year. According to American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, here are some common allergy symptoms to look out for:

1. Nasal Crease

This is a line that can appear across the bridge of the nose usually resulting from rubbing the nose upward to relieve itching and nasal congestion.

2. Allergic (adenoidal) Face

Nasal allergies may cause swelling of your adenoids, lymph tissue that lines the back of the throat and extends behind the nose, which may result in having a tired and droopy appearance.

3. Mouth Breathing

Allergies may cause a case of allergic rhinitis in which severe nasal congestion occurs and may result in chronic mouth breathing.

4. Allergic Shiner

Swelling and discoloration from the congestion of small blood vessels beneath the skin can cause dark circles in the delicate eye area.

 

Indoor Air Quality and Non-toxic Cleaning

Cleaning your home plays a huge role in the prevention of being affected by seasonal allergies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air quality inside many homes can be two to five times more polluted than the air just outside our home. Therefore, it is important to occasionally open your windows and let fresh air from outside ventilate.  Since most homes have an A/C unit, windows are usually closed causing air and pollution to get trapped within. When it comes to cleaning it is very important to use a non-toxic cleaning product, otherwise, you’d be defeating the purpose. Here are some benefits to using non-toxic cleaning products:

1. Non-toxic cleaners clean the air you breathe

Most cleaners purchased from a store are full of toxic chemicals. Unlike many traditional cleaners, Non-toxic cleaners do not add toxins to the air but fight pollutants in the air.

2. Non-toxic cleaners are safe around children

A big concern for parents with children is the products they have stored under the sink which usually contain bleach or ammonium chloride. Those toxic chemicals can be very harmful to children to touch so why would you use it for cleaning common areas around your house? Conventional cleaning products pose risks like chemical burns to the eyes and the skin. If you use safe cleaning products, you won’t have to worry about your children being exposed to harmful chemicals or add locks to your sink cabinets. Green cleaners meet strict standards regarding inhalation toxicity, skin absorption, and combustibility and aren’t corrosive.

3. Non-toxic cleaners create a healthier home

Natural cleaning products benefit you and your family’s health. If you go green, there will no longer be chemicals breathed in or absorbed into the skin by the person cleaning. Health benefits extend to the family members who are not breathing in cleaners lingering in the air and sitting on surfaces.

4. Non-toxic cleaners don’t harm the environment

Standard cleaners easily blend into our water, and at water treatment plants it’s difficult to treat large volumes of the chemicals. Over time, these chemicals can affect our natural resources including wildlife and marine life. Greener methods of cleaning help reduce the pollution to the air and waterways and it minimizes your impact on global climate change through ozone depletion with fewer chemicals that produce smog.

5. Non-toxic cleaners have fewer antibacterial properties

Are we really supposed to look for products that say “antibacterial”? The U.S, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now says that washing with antibacterial soaps isn’t any better than normal soaps. The American Medical Association (AMA) say that frequently using antibacterial ingredients can promote bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Most natural cleaning products don’t contain antibacterial agents.