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Allergies

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Asthma and allergies have been on the increase for over 50 years.

In the EU, 1 person out of 4 is affected by allergies.

 

What are allergies?

An allergy is an over-reaction of the immune system to some extracorporal substances. While many people consider an allergy to be a reaction to synthetic chemicals, it is more often a reaction to natural substances, specifically proteins from pollen, foodstuffs or bee-stings. The hair of cats, dogs and horses can also be allergens.

What is known?

Nobody knows the cause for allergies with any certainty. New scientific work suggests allergies are a complex illness. Recent research has put forward many new hypotheses as to the development of allergies and asthma:(Source: Royal Society of Edinburgh - 2003)

Carpet: the answers

All the negative arguments brought against carpet have been proven wrong

 

Allergies and flooring: the Swedish experience

The Swedish experience has proven that allergies are not related to the presence of carpet: allergies increased threefold between 1975 and 1995, despite carpets being removed and replaced by hard floors in more than 70% of bedrooms.
(Source: Schwedisches Institut für Faser- und Polymerforschung)