Tackling Allergies at Work Is Easier Than You Think

For most of you, a great deal of your day is spent at work. You work approximately 8-12 hours each day.  If you have allergies, it can be a less than hospitable environment.

Most of you suffering from asthma and allergies can be allergic to the following; the mites in the carpet or drapes in the office, the indoor fumes and odors such as smoke, cleaning products, plastic, synthetics, various electronics, or mold and mildew.  You have control over your environment at home, how can you control allergies at work?

In most cases when you tell your boss you are having problems they will say there is nothing they can do. Trust me, they are not going to pull up the carpet or change cleaning companies. We have had customers tell us their boss thought they were just crazy.

You may need to take on the cleaning duties for your work space yourself. It might be a pain, but at least you will know it has been done.

Essentials for Allergies at Work

If you’re suffering at work and need immediate and long term relief, I recommend the following:

ADMS – Because you can’t rip up the carpet or tear down the drapes, I recommend spraying ADMS Anti-Allergen Spray on them. This spray is a heavy-duty anti allergen control spray proven effective against dust mites.  The active ingredients work by instantly deactivating the allergen Der p1 and Der f1 found in dust mite droppings. Treating the carpet and drapes at the office once a month will definitely help to get rid of mites and will make you feel so much better.

AllerDust – A cleaning aid that will effectively remove allergens scattered around the office. Even though the cleaning crew may dust cleaning with allerdust helps allergies at workyou office you really need to do it every so often. Apply Allersearch AllerDust to your dust rag or duster, as you dust it will attract more dust and cause it to stick to your duster.

GS75 Antimicrobial Surface Spray – A mold and mildew remover that works wonders. GS75 spray kills virus, bacteria, mold as well as mildew on impact so it won’t take very long to feel relief. I also suggest you use GS75 disinfectant spray during cold and flu season. Spray every thing people touch in your office.

Air Cleaners for Allergies at Work

If you work in a cube farm, you can’t control all of the air in the area.  But you can control the air in your immediate area.  If you have an office, you have a better chance of keeping the air in your office clean.

Austin Air Healthmate Air Cleaners –  The Austin Air HealthMate is very effective in removing dirt, dust, pollen, mold spores and other allergens as well as smoke, chemical fumes, smog and noxious gases. Once this machine is on and running, it will filter out the smallest of particles and provide exceptionally good clean air. The Austin is also made of steel so the cleaning crew can’t hurt it (I’ve used mine as a printer stand before).

These are my personal recommendations on how to get your work environment allergy and asthma free. Since I work here it is easy for me to do these things.

The great thing is that these products can be written off as office expenditures so talk to your employer and see what they say. Your health is very important therefore, taking the necessary precautions isn’t something you should do but need to do.

Remind them a healthy employee is a productive employee.

Wishing you all the best,
Tiffany Daniel

Air Pollution and Asthma … Bad Air Affects Us All

air pollution and asthma are relatedFor years the EPA has been saying the air inside our homes and offices can be more polluted than the air outside the front door.

This is very true because of how tight our homes are engineered to save money.  Then factor in all the various household chemicals we use day to day, and you can see we can have indoor air pollution as well as outdoors.

Whether inside or outside, air pollution and asthma are not a match made in heaven.

People with asthma need to be aware of all the “stuff” outside in the air that can hurt them. Man-made air pollution comes from cars, trucks, industries, and other sources of burning fuels.

During the summer months when it is very hot, lots of sunlight and low winds create something called a smog cloud. In some places like LA, it literally looks like fog. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear something about the ozone level or layer.

In our local newspaper, we have an ozone chart that shows what the ozone level for the day will be. In South Florida, most days are good or mild. We have the ocean breeze that keeps the ozone levels down.

No matter where you live, it is important that you monitor your daily ozone levels. People with asthma need to stay in air-conditioned spaces when the ozone levels are high.  Ozone is the major reason that air pollution and asthma don’t play well together.

FYI… If someone tries to sell you an air purifier that they say stops harmful ozone and hangs around your neck .. RUN…

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause
AllergyStore.com – Serving Customers Since 1989
800 771-ACHOO

Can Duct Cleaning Help Your Allergies

We have received several calls over the last few days from people wanting to know if we thought having their ducts cleaned would help their allergies.

dirty-ductWe know for a fact that heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are a collection point for all sorts of contaminates that can make your allergies worse and trigger asthma attacks. The duct work in a home or office can have mold, dust, pet dander, pollen, bacteria and even dead bugs.

Now many people assume that just because they change their filter regulary that their HVAC system is clean and allergen free. Not really. Think about all the stuff you find under the fridge when you moved it after 1 year. Now multiply that by 20. In 25 years we have seen some really nasty duct work.

Hiring a quality duct cleaning company will not only remove these contaminates improving the air quality, it has been proven that it may allow you system to run more efficiently.  A dirty coil can add $30-$40 to your electric bill.

We believe duct cleaning when done correctly can help reduce allergy symptoms. The key is to hire a company that does it correctly. The guy who says he can clean you entire HVAC system for $69 is not going to really clean your duct work. He is just cleaning out your wallet.

To find a quality company in your area visit the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA)  website www.nadca.com. They can provide you with the certified member companies in your area.

Wishing you the best of health