Tips on Reducing Asthma and Allergy Symptoms Triggered by Pets; American Lung Association Health House Project and 3M Offer Booklet

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from 3M and American Lung Association Health House Project

    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study published
 in Pediatrics magazine, asthma cases could drop nearly 40 percent among
 American children under age 6 if susceptible youngsters didn't have pets or
 other allergy triggers in their homes. The study also found that children with
 pet allergies were 24 times more likely to have asthma than those without such
 allergies.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010412/NYFNSK01 )
     As part of an ongoing partnership to raise awareness about indoor air
 quality issues, the American Lung Association Health House Project and 3M are
 offering "A Guide for Creating a Healthier Home." It's filled with dozens of
 practical tips to help reduce exposure to pet dander, smoke and other asthma
 and allergy triggers in the home. To obtain a copy of this booklet free of
 charge, send an e-mail request with your name and mailing address to
 3mfiltrete@3mservice.montagenet.com (or by calling 800-388-3458).
     Follow these tips from the booklet to help reduce levels of pet dander and
 other allergy and asthma triggers in the home:
 
     *  Keep pets out of the bedroom. Because so many hours are spent in the
        bedroom sleeping, this will reduce your exposure to asthma and allergen
        triggers.
 
     *  Bathe your dog or cat weekly.  Doing so will help remove a lot of the
        dander that accumulates on a pet's fur.
 
     *  Place allergen-resistant covers over mattresses and pillows.  Blankets
        and sheets should be washed every week in water that is at least
        130 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
     *  If you can't keep your pet off a couch or loveseat, cover these pieces
        with removable, washable slipcovers.
 
     *  Wash walls and floors periodically.
 
     *  Have a nonallergic family member brush your pet outdoors on a regular
        basis.  This will help remove loose hair and reduce the amount of
        allergens that are brought indoors.
 
     *  Use a high efficiency furnace filter, such as a Filtrete filter from
        3M, and replace it every two to three months. A high efficiency filter
        not only protects the furnace, but also can capture up to 30 times more
        pet dander, pollen and other allergens than standard fiberglass
        filters.
 
     *  Run the furnace fan continuously, regardless of the outdoor
        temperature. This will enable the filter to capture more particles of
        pet dander and other allergens in the air. To ensure that the furnace
        runs continuously, set the furnace thermostat to the "on," rather than
        the "auto," position.
 
     *  Vacuum frequently.  To capture more of the pet dander and other
        allergens that can accumulate on carpeting, try a vacuum cleaner with a
        high efficiency filtration system.
 
     *  Take particular care to wash your hands after handling your pet, and
        wear a facemask when changing your cat's litter box.
 
     *  Keep your house well-ventilated. Ventilation provides a fresh source of
        outdoor air and will help dilute pet allergens. Run the air conditioner
        when levels of pollen, grass and other outdoor allergens are high. This
        will help reduce pollen intake from the outdoors.
 
 

SOURCE 3M and American Lung Association Health House Project
    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study published
 in Pediatrics magazine, asthma cases could drop nearly 40 percent among
 American children under age 6 if susceptible youngsters didn't have pets or
 other allergy triggers in their homes. The study also found that children with
 pet allergies were 24 times more likely to have asthma than those without such
 allergies.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010412/NYFNSK01 )
     As part of an ongoing partnership to raise awareness about indoor air
 quality issues, the American Lung Association Health House Project and 3M are
 offering "A Guide for Creating a Healthier Home." It's filled with dozens of
 practical tips to help reduce exposure to pet dander, smoke and other asthma
 and allergy triggers in the home. To obtain a copy of this booklet free of
 charge, send an e-mail request with your name and mailing address to
 3mfiltrete@3mservice.montagenet.com (or by calling 800-388-3458).
     Follow these tips from the booklet to help reduce levels of pet dander and
 other allergy and asthma triggers in the home:
 
     *  Keep pets out of the bedroom. Because so many hours are spent in the
        bedroom sleeping, this will reduce your exposure to asthma and allergen
        triggers.
 
     *  Bathe your dog or cat weekly.  Doing so will help remove a lot of the
        dander that accumulates on a pet's fur.
 
     *  Place allergen-resistant covers over mattresses and pillows.  Blankets
        and sheets should be washed every week in water that is at least
        130 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
     *  If you can't keep your pet off a couch or loveseat, cover these pieces
        with removable, washable slipcovers.
 
     *  Wash walls and floors periodically.
 
     *  Have a nonallergic family member brush your pet outdoors on a regular
        basis.  This will help remove loose hair and reduce the amount of
        allergens that are brought indoors.
 
     *  Use a high efficiency furnace filter, such as a Filtrete filter from
        3M, and replace it every two to three months. A high efficiency filter
        not only protects the furnace, but also can capture up to 30 times more
        pet dander, pollen and other allergens than standard fiberglass
        filters.
 
     *  Run the furnace fan continuously, regardless of the outdoor
        temperature. This will enable the filter to capture more particles of
        pet dander and other allergens in the air. To ensure that the furnace
        runs continuously, set the furnace thermostat to the "on," rather than
        the "auto," position.
 
     *  Vacuum frequently.  To capture more of the pet dander and other
        allergens that can accumulate on carpeting, try a vacuum cleaner with a
        high efficiency filtration system.
 
     *  Take particular care to wash your hands after handling your pet, and
        wear a facemask when changing your cat's litter box.
 
     *  Keep your house well-ventilated. Ventilation provides a fresh source of
        outdoor air and will help dilute pet allergens. Run the air conditioner
        when levels of pollen, grass and other outdoor allergens are high. This
        will help reduce pollen intake from the outdoors.
 
 SOURCE  3M and American Lung Association Health House Project

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