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Improving our Homes for Eczema Children – Minimizing Indoor Allergens (Mold and Cockroach)

 

We are so excited to share Part II of the Eczema Blues special expert interview with Space Kit co-Founder Celia Imrey about Minimizing Indoor Allergens. Even if you don’t suffer from these environmentally-related health conditions, there is a lot of interesting information which will help you keep your home a healthy space free of toxins, mold, and critters.  Space Kit will always take these factors into the holistic planning of a home.

Thank you again to Marcei Mei for sharing the interview with your loyal readers about how to turn blues to bliss!

Here is an excerpt from the Interview, and click here to read the rest!

Cockroach, more precisely the allergens found in their droppings, saliva and bodies, is another common indoor allergen. From the AAFA website, it is mentioned that When one roach is seen in the basement or kitchen, it is safe to assume that at least 800 roaches are hidden under the kitchen sink, in closets and the like’. Cockroaches thrive in warm and humid environment, and they feed on our food (thrash, scraps, starch) and water. The particle sizes of cockroach allergen are large and tend to settle on surfaces. They not only worsen allergic conditions, but carry bacteria.  Symptoms or conditions of allergy to cockroach may be itchy eyes, itchy skin, eczema rashes, nasal congestion, asthma and allergic rhinitis. Minimizing the growth of cockroach can be done by observing hygiene and minimizing their food source, water and shelter.

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, of the children in the study, “36.8 percent were allergic to cockroach allergen, 34.9 percent to dust-mite allergen, and 22.7 percent to cat allergen. Among the children’s bedrooms, 50.2 percent had high levels of cockroach allergen in dust, 9.7 percent had high levels of dust-mite allergen, and 12.6 percent had high levels of cat allergen”.

MarcieMom: I understand that cockroaches hide outside the home, what are the possible areas in our home to ‘seal off’ cockroaches?

Celia: Sealing the hole around the steam pipe and sealing the hole around all plumbing and electrical pipes. Also, you can utilize drain covers to prevent critters from entering up into your home through showers and sinks.

 

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