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on chronic diseases among children and adults. Prevalence rates for both diseases have doubled in the past 20 years, and doctors and scientists warn that asthma and allergy triggers are everywhere.

"Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing can be triggered by many things around the house," says Dr. Bob Overholt, a Board Certified allergist with adult and pediatric patients in Knoxville, Tennessee. "Carpets, bedding and plush toys can carry dust mites and other allergens that are a major problem for asthma and allergy sufferers," says Overholt.

For years, allergists have instructed their patients to look for household products that help to reduce exposure to allergens and irritants, and, according to Overholt, the asthma care guidelines from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) make a strong case for such measures. "The NIH guidelines are clear that household environmental control and avoidance of allergens is critical for patients," says Overholt.

Visit http://www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.com for more information.

About AAFA

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is the leading national nonprofit organization fighting asthma and allergic diseases. AAFA provides free information, conducts educational programs, fights for patients' rights, and funds research to find better treatments and cures. http://www.aafa.org

About ASL

Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) is a physician-led global certification company that prepares independent standards for testing a wide range of products to determine their suitability for asthmatics and individuals with associated allergies. ASL's management team possesses specialist skills in a variety of medical fields including asthma and other allergic diseases. '/>"/>

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