CDC Studies Effect of Carpet on Allergies
Posted by Craig on Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Dalton Daily Citizen reports that Emory University, the Center for Disease Control, and the American Lung Association are working together on a $1.2 million study to determine whether the presence of carpets affects lung functions and allergy symptoms.

Generally, allergy experts advise that carpets and rugs can make allergies worse, and some allergy sufferers even rip out all the carpeting in their homes in hopes of reducing allergies.

However, according to Werner Braun, president of a carpet industry group based in Dalton, "For approximately three or four years, we have been collecting data on the level of dust and allergens in rooms that are carpeted vs. rooms that are not carpeted. All of the analytical data that we have been able to generate shows there are much higher levels in a noncarpeted room than a carpeted room."

Braun compares carpet to an air filter: "If it’s in the carpet, it’s not in the air. If you breathe the air in a carpeted room vs. a noncarpeted room, you’re going to inhale a lot less dust and a lot less particles because it is in the carpet."

It will be interesting to see the results of the study, which should be completed next year.

Dr. John Antalis, a Dalton allergist, says carpet shouldn't cause allergies (for most people) if it's properly installed and maintained. “You don’t want to put it where it will get wet, for instance, and cause mold,” he said.

You can maintain your carpet and avoid allergens with HEPA vacuum cleaners and anti-allergenic powders & sprays.

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