An article posted on the Allergy & Asthma Network cites studies that say:
Children in inner cities and lower income levels have higher than average incidence of asthma then children raised in rural areas.
Some of the reasons may be that children in inner cities are possibly indoors more and get less vitamin D from the sun, these children are often exposed to irritants such as dust mites, mold, cockroaches and cigarette smoke. Children raised on farms or rural communities on the other hand are exposed to animals and dirt from an early age which some researchers believe strengthen their immune systems and improve their resistance to allergies.
Some tips to reduce allergy triggers in the home:
– replace wall to wall carpeting with hardwood flooring
– use a HEPA air filter in bedrooms and living areas and regularly change the filter
– avoid air fresheners, scented candles, the chemicals in which may irritate sensitive family members
– watch for leaky pipes which could cause mold to grow in your home – the drier the better.
The full article can be read here.
The Baz Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center staff is available to help answer questions about reducing allergy triggers in your home, please call one of our 15 offices to schedule an appointment. www.bazallergy.com