BRIDGEWATER, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi-aventis U.S. today announced the launch of the Clean Sweep campaign to help guide spring cleaning for the estimated 60 million Americans who are affected by nasal allergies.
This campaign helps them locate lurking allergens in their homes and improve their allergy management routine. According to a Spring Cleaning Survey of more than one thousand adults, 94 percent of respondents recognized that proper cleaning can help reduce incidences of illness including nasal allergies, yet four out of five people in the U.S. are exposed to house dust mites, the most common trigger of nasal allergy symptoms.
"On average, Americans spend nearly 22 hours each day indoors without realizing that indoor air can be more seriously polluted than outdoor air, including allergens (animal dander, mold, house dust mites), making it important to know the most common places for allergens to hide," said Allergen Xterminator and Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional, Jeff May. "We know that allergy-proofing your home won't eliminate all allergens or all of a person's symptoms, but the more effort you put into cleaning out the allergens, the better you may feel."
The Clean Sweep campaign encourages people to take an extra step in their spring cleaning by logging onto www.CleanSweepContest.com to view a home investigation by Jeff May which pinpoints the areas of the house where allergens often lurk. Nasal allergy sufferers have the opportunity to ask Jeff May questions as to how they can better clean their home with an eye for allergens and submit a personal testimonial on how their nasal allergies affect their daily life. The top 100 testimonials will win a signed copy of Jeff May's book My House is Killing Me! The Home Guide for Families with Allergies and Asthma.
Jeff May's tips on www.CleanSweepContest.com consist of practical and often overlooked cleaning suggestions to help sweep, dust and wash away allergens likely to trigger nasal allergy symptoms. According to Jeff May, cleaning often stirs up dust, mold, and other allergens making proper gear, including a double-strap dust mask and hair covering, an important part of home cleaning. Other tips include:
-- Around the house: Use a damp or electrostatic cloth when dusting to avoid flinging dust into the air.
-- In the bedroom: To kill dust mites, wash your sheets and blankets using hot water (at least 130 F) and put bulky quilts in the dryer on low heat once a week.
-- In the bathroom: Clean or replace moldy shower curtains and bath mats.
-- In the kitchen: Scrub often to remove food and mold from the sink and keep the area around the faucet dry.
-- Outside the house: Keep windows closed while mowing to prevent allergens from entering your home.
-- After cleaning: Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after cleaning, and leave your house for a bit because some airborne allergens can be floating around for 30 minutes before settling.
"Due to high tree and grass pollen counts in the spring, this is the busiest time of year for me and many of my colleagues," said Dr. Michael Blaiss, clinical professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). "Allergic rhinitis, or nasal allergies, is one of the most common chronic diseases in this country, but too often people tolerate their symptoms when they could be taking steps to better manage them. Through the Clean Sweep campaign, we are encouraging proper disease management by minimizing exposure to allergens and recognizing the importance of speaking with your doctor. With proper diagnosis and the right treatment, nasal allergy sufferers can begin to better manage their symptoms throughout the spring nasal allergy season."
Dr. Blaiss advises:
-- Millions of people suffer from allergy symptoms caused by indoor allergens, such as house dust mite droppings, animal dander, cockroach droppings and molds, so be sure to clean your house with an eye for these allergens.
-- Four out of five people in the United States are exposed to house dust mites, and three out of five are exposed to cat or dog dander, so it is very important for those with nasal allergies to be sure they are properly managing their symptoms and correctly cleaning their house.
-- Nasal allergy sufferers don't have to settle if they are not getting symptom relief. Visit your physician to review your current indoor and outdoor allergy management routine.
About Clean Sweep
The Clean Sweep campaign provides simple cleaning tips to the estimated 60 million people in the United States who are affected by nasal allergies. This spring, nasal allergy sufferers are encouraged to take an extra step in their spring cleaning by logging onto www.CleanSweepContest.com to view a home investigation by Jeff May which pinpoints the areas of the house where allergens often lurk. Nasal allergy sufferers have the opportunity to ask Jeff May questions as to how they can better clean their home with an eye for allergens and submit a personal testimonial on how their nasal allergies affect their daily life.
All applicants receive an email response from Jeff May with nasal allergy and cleaning tips and a link to the XYZAL Nasal Allergy Tool Kit to learn more about nasal allergies and the associated symptoms. A XYZAL@ coupon will be sent to each entrant's home.
The top 100 testimonials win a signed copy of Jeff May's book My House is Killing Me! to provide detailed cleaning tips and techniques to sweep away hidden allergens.
Top testimonials will be featured on www.CleanSweepContest.com and www.XYZAL.com to be shared with other nasal allergy sufferers.
For more helpful tips and information on how to manage nasal allergy symptoms, go to www.XYZAL.com. Visitors can receive tips from a range of experts and join the My Xperts(TM) program to receive monthly e-newsletters on how to manage indoor and outdoor nasal allergy symptoms based on their particular needs.
Dr. Blaiss and Jeff May are paid consultants of sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC.
The Clean Sweep campaign is brought to you by sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC.
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