Reasons Why You Should Hire Professionals to Perform Carpet Cleaning

A beautiful looking carpet is a home owner’s pride and joy. Most of us are guilty of opting for carpet cleaning only when the dirt becomes visible. What most people do not realize is that, dirt begins to show on the carpet when the fibers are experiencing some sort of damage. Ideally, carpets should be cleaned professionally on a regular basis. The regular vacuuming is important but inviting professionals to do the thorough cleaning is a must.

For starters, with professional carpet cleaning you are certain that everything that contaminates your carpet is completely eliminated. Carpets will attract grime, dirt and all sorts of contaminants they are exposed to, like magnets. These elements will wear down the rug if left to accumulate in the carpet fibers for an extended period. This is why people are advised to clean their carpets regularly. It not only sustains the look of your home but also contributes to prolonging the life of your carpet.

Well cleaned carpets will help you to maintain the indoor quality of your home. Many home owners who have pets do not realize that their carpets harbor a lot of germs which may cause allergies especially among children. A clean carpet will help you improve the cleanliness of your home because the dirt, allergens and disease causing bacteria are completely eliminated. Bear in mind that vacuuming may never be able to get rid of all these allergens.

Additionally, the professional carpet cleaners in London is mostly recommended because they know the right methods to use when cleaning your carpet. Sometimes hot water extraction is required to completely eliminate bedbugs which could be hiding in your carpet fibers. The professionals will analyze the type of carpet that you have as well as the level of cleaning that is required when deciding on the most suitable cleaning method.

It is also important to seek proper carpet cleaning because there are some cleaning agents in the market which may turn out to be a health hazard if not completely removed after cleaning is done. Many home owners will wonder why they start experiencing allergies after cleaning their carpets. Well, some of the cleaning agents that are in the market are not very suitable for children and pets if they are not thoroughly removed. Carpets need to be rinsed thoroughly to eliminate all chemicals that may pose a risk in your home.

To conclude, everyone will notice a difference when your carpet is cleaned by a professional. For starters, you will never have to contend with a smelly carpet because it failed to dry completely. The professionals will ensure that your carpet is completely dry before returning it to the floor. Furthermore, the cleaning methods which are employed by professionals have a faster drying technique. Secondly, every single stain is going to be eliminated creating a fresh and vibrant atmosphere in your living area. For all these reasons, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned at least twice every year. You will enjoy the value of having an expert cleaner take care of your carpet if you follow this advice.

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Cilantro Allergies — How To Combat This Difficult To Avoid Food Allergy

Cilantro is a herb commonly used in cooking. In Europe and much of the rest of the world, it is known as coriander. A hairless and relatively short plant, it is used throughout the world — Asia, Latin America and the Indian subcontinent make heavy use of this ingredient in local cuisines. It is even used for medicinal means and can assist with cases of insomnia and anxiety. Unfortunately, a growing number of people will experience adverse reaction to cilantro in the form of full blown cilantro allergies.

Diagnosis of a Link Between Symptoms and Cilantro Allergies

Naturally, as with many others, cilantro allergies are notoriously hard to diagnose. First of all, the person may develop this allergy so, despite no change in lifestyle, they will gain painful or uncomfortable symptoms that they cannot identify. Also, cilantro allergies will often produce a whole variety of different systems depending on the individual. For instance, some people may break out in a skin rash, others may bring up their food in the form of vomit and others still may just get an irritating itching sensation in the mouth and throat. A rare few may have more serious consequences due to cilantro allergies — they may go into anaphylactic shock and require urgent medical intervention. Fortunately, this is quite rare.

The best place to start with identifying an allergy that is suspected to be a food one, is to keep a food diary. This is a record of everything that is eaten plus any abnormal reaction to it. Over time, and with the help of a specialist if necessary, foods sharing common ingredients can be identified. The problem with cilantro allergies is that cilantro or coriander are included in so many different types of foods and cuisines. Nevertheless, a process of trial and error will usually identify the culprit ingredient. Sometimes, a skin prick test by a doctor will be necessary to identify the offending allergen.

Life Goes On with Cilantro Allergies

Like with nuts, cilantro is present in many food types, even those that you would not expect to contain it and think unnecessary to do so. Sufferers of cilantro allergies should check the ingredients of everything that they eat. This means checking the packaging for any food bought. Also, if food is cooked by someone else e.g. at a restaurant, a phone call ahead will be needed. If you suffer extreme reactions brought on by cilantro allergies, you may wish to completely avoid establishments using cilantro as even a trace amount on a clean plate that cannot be seen may be enough to cause a life threatening situation.

Milk and the Candida Diet

“Milk does a Body Good.” I am sure that many of you remember seeing commercials and/or billboards with this slogan from the National Dairy Council touting the health benefits that milk provides. More recently I have seen commercials about dairy products contributing to weight loss. Additionally, mothers all over the world put an emphasis on having their children drink lots of milk in order to grow up strong and healthy. So if milk is so good for you then why is it prohibited on the Candida Diet?

The Candida Diet is the cornerstone of treatment for a medical condition known as candidiasis. This condition is characterized by an overgrowth of yeast (Candida) in the intestinal system. External factors such as overuse of antibiotics, which kill all intestinal bacteria and a diet high in processed/sugary foods, which feed the Candida, contribute to causing an imbalance in the intestinal system. When the natural balance of the intestinal system is disrupted Candida grows and becomes an opportunistic microorganism that causes ailments throughout the body. The Candida Diet strives to restore balance to the intestinal system by cutting off the Candida’s food supply. It is the sugar content of milk that is of concern to the Candida dieter and thus why it is prohibited on the diet. Lactose, the sugar found in milk is also hard for many people to digest and can cause gastrointestinal systems that only worsen candidiasis.

It is unfortunate that milk may aggravate candidiasis because milk is a great source of so many vitamins essential to optimal health. I don’t know if there is a comparable natural food source out there that could provide such a complete source of calcium and Vitamin D as cow’s milk does. So what is a Candida dieter to do about milk? Surely we do not want to miss out on these nutrients while trying to restore our intestinal balance. Fortunately, due to today’s common occurrence of lactose intolerance and food allergies there are a wide variety of milk alternatives available that are okay for the Candida diet. Many of these milk alternatives are fortified with levels of calcium and vitamin D comparable to that of cow’s milk.

Soy Milk seems to be one of the most commonly used milk alternatives. With brands like Silk right next to the cow’s milk in the grocery store most of us have taken note of this heart healthy milk alternative. I use unsweetened soy milk a lot on the Candida diet. It has a similar consistency to that of cow’s milk and behaves as such in recipes. Soy however is one of the top eight allergens so it may not be suitable for everyone.

Almond Milk is another popular milk alternative. It is ideal for people that cannot use soy due to sensitivity or allergy. I have not used almond milk because both of my children are severely allergic to nuts. I have however heard great things about almond milk in regard to both its taste and usability. Almonds are tree nuts so they are also considered one of the top eight allergens and may pose problems for some.

Rice Milk is an okay milk alternative. This is what I use for my children because they are allergic, at varying degrees to cow’s milk, soy and tree nuts. Rice milk is great in cereal but only mediocre for cooking. The consistency is very watery so it cannot be used effectively in some recipes. It is also very sweet, even when using the unsweetened version. Rice milk is also high carbohydrates so it may not be ideal for Candida dieters especially in the early stages of the diet.

Hemp Milk seems to be the new kid on the block but I have not used it yet. Contrary to how it sounds it is not illegal nor does it contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the active chemical in marijuana. From what I have read, hemp milk has a creamy consistency and performs well in cooking.

When you are choosing a milk alternative make sure that it is unsweetened and does not contain any prohibited additives.

For more information on the Candida Diet visit Yeast Free Living.

Help, I Am Allergic To Pickles

If you are allergic to pickles then you suffer from Allergies Type 1, also called Contact Allergies. Ahh, pickles. We all love them! From the big juicy dills that go just perfectly with a sandwich and chips, to the sweet gherkins that grace our dinner tables. Pickles are a commodity that most everyone enjoys. But sadly, many people suffer from pickle allergies, and they aren’t even sure why. These allergies generally appear suddenly, and can be present in both children and adults. If you’ve started having strange reactions to your favorite snack, read on for more information about why pickle allergies occur.

The thing that most people don’t realize about pickle allergies, is that they are typically caused not by the pickle itself, but by the preservatives used in the pickling process. These pickling agents often cause allergic reactions in people who are then unable to pinpoint the cause of their reaction. The worst part about it, is that these preservatives can be found in a great many more foods than just pickles. Many foods that contain any type of vinegar also contain these pickling agents that can cause pickle allergies.

The most common additives that cause pickle allergies are as follows: sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite, and sodium metabisulfite. If you have previously experienced any sort of allergic reaction to pickles, then it is likely that you are probably having a reaction to one or more of these ingredients. The easiest way to prevent this from occurring in the future is to carefully review the ingredients in any preserved foods, to make certain that they do not contain any of these ingredients.

The most common signs and symptoms of pickle allergies are pretty much the same as with any other food allergy. Hives, or a rash can occur, which can generally be treated with an external steroid cream, as can asthmatic symptoms, such as wheezing or difficulty drawing a breath. Other signs of pickle allergies may also include gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, cramps and diarrhea. The most severe symptoms of pickle allergies can progress into what is known as anaphylaxis. This is a swelling of the throat, which can completely block a person’s airway. This can lead to coma, and if untreated, even death.

The easiest way to prevent pickle allergies, is to set an appointment with your doctor so that he or she can perform allergy tests. These tests will let you know exactly which preservative it is that you are allergic to. To prevent future pickle allergies, simply avoid any foods which contain that particular preservative.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with allergies due to pickles such as vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, bananas and pantothenic acid.

Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Vitamin C is nature’s protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the bodies immune system.

Beta Carotene protects the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. It also helps protect Vitamin C from oxidation, which enables it to perform at optimum efficiency.

Many find Pantothenic Acid to be very helpful against allergy symptoms. It is another form of nontoxic B vitamins. Pantothenic Acid is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Bananas have long been recognized for their anti-acid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.

Understanding the Difference Between American and Australian Labradoodles

Labradoodles are a cross-breed between Labrador Retrievers and Poodles. Unlike other cross-breeds, Labradoodles were very carefully cross-bred (in Australia) to produce a dog that had the service qualities of a Labrador Retriever with the tight, hypo-allergenic coat qualities of a Poodle. The resulting breed was intended as a service dog that could live in the home of people that suffered from allergies.

Over time, Australian breeders have carefully experimented with breeding to produce healthy, intelligent, hardy dogs with ideal coat quality. They’ve done extensive genetic testing to eliminate hereditary illnesses or problems. Along the way, Australian breeders added other dog breeds (Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, and American Cocker Spaniel) into the mix to further infuse the breeding lines with the desirable characteristics of good health, intelligence, and hypo-allergenic coat.

When a Labradoodle breeder states that they offer Australian Labradoodles, that means their original stock was an Australian Labradoodle – a dog that is multi-generational Labradoodle with careful breeding to ensure strong, healthy dogs.

American Labradoodles have a different approach to breeding. American Labradoodles are a cross between Labradors and Poodles. These dogs don’t have the multi-generational approach that eliminates some of the unwanted characteristics. For instance, if you have a first generation American Labradoodle (50% Poodle/50%Labrador), you have a 50/50 chance of getting a dog that has a shedding coat, instead of the tight curly non-shedding coat.

American Labradoodles breeders also don’t believe in infusing other breeds into their breeding lines. While Australian Labradoodles added other breeds to incorporate the ideal characteristics and make the breed stronger, American Labradoodle breeders insist on only mixing the two breeds. This does increase the possibility of genetic disease.

Why choose between an Australian Labradoodle and an American Labradoodle? The biggest reason for selecting an Australian Labradoodle is because you want a Labradoodle that has the physical characteristics that the original Australian Labradoodle breeders were striving towards – extremely smart dogs that could be used for service, with a tight, non-shedding coat. Both breeders can produce healthy dogs – but Australian Labradoodles go back many generations with extensive genetic testing to eliminate unfavorable characteristics and health problems.

When it comes time to choosing a Labradoodle, get to know the breeder and their philosophy towards these special dogs. Quality breeders are committed to producing healthy, beautiful dogs that deserve to be part of loving and caring families.

Electronic Medical Claim Billing – Concept and Benefits

Generally, manual process of claim billing takes nearly 60 to 75 days for complete transaction whereas electronic process requires just 10 days!

Electronic medical claim billing is continuously emerging business in medical services industry. Currently, doctors are placing huge numbers of claims per month and to process all claims require more time and money. So electronic billing system is must to automation of billing process. By having electronic medical claim billing services, medical practitioner can offer better medical services.

Electronic medical claim billing service helps you to get out of routine task such as manual record maintenance of data and treatment. The service offers assistance to simplify the complex process of claim. If medical practitioners have the service, they can divert their specialized skills and knowledge in patient care.

Benefits of having electronic medical claim billing service:

o Allows the integration between hospital system and insurance company system

o No need to install software as well as No maintenance cost

o Minimize the time of reimbursement of insurance

o Very easiness in submitting the claim to insurance companies or government body

o Real time checking the status of the claim

o Save more numbers of patient related electronic data than manual records

o Customized patient medical and personal data; that includes location, medical history, diagnosis, tests, list of allergies, insurance policy, detail of insurance company and other important information

o Get the timely patient status reports with automatic electronic billing service

o Store and retrieve any patient related information after any number of years

o Lessen the number of errors in claim with electronic medical claim billing as compared to manual task

o Processing more numbers of claims per day as the computation gets completed very quickly

o High accuracy of the information for your claims

o Cash flow improvement with quick rotation time

There are many medical billing companies offering electronic medical claim billing services. You can outsource to that company. Mostly they are charging some percentage of the money collected or on the number of claims dealt.

Statistics show that billing companies are helping their client to generate millions of dollars against claim every year. So, you can get benefit from such company which offers electronic medical billing.

EFT For Allergies: How To Use EFT To Clear Sensitivities

EFT is the perfect tool to eliminate sensitivities and allergies. This includes reactions to foods, pets, plants, fumes — any substance that your body reacts to in a negative way. No matter what the trouble-causing substance, the approach is pretty much the same.

Where To Begin

First, ask yourself when the allergy or sensitivity first appeared. Then ask if anything traumatic occurred in your life around that time — or within the few months beforehand.

If not, ask yourself if you experienced any trauma directly connected to the substance you’re sensitive to (cat scratch, choked on milk, etc.). Then use EFT to clear that trauma — either on your own, or with a practitioner. Eliminating the effects of that related event often results in the end of the allergy.

If There’s No Remembered Trauma

If nothing occurs to you in answer to those two trauma questions, try the following:

  1. Place the substance or food in a container of glass, metal or pottery (not plastic or paper). For airborne allergies, place a bowl of water outside for a few hours, or wave a damp towel around in the air to collect particles. Then pour the water into a jar or put the towel in a bowl. For dust, pet hair, carpet, etc., gather a little and put it in a jar with a lid on it (or have somebody else do that for you).
  2. Then hold the container in your lap (for tapping with both hands) or simply touch the container with one hand while tapping with the other. Please note: When tapping, you can refer to “the substances in this jar”, or the “stuff on this towel” – You don’t have to know what it is causing the problem to be able to clear it.

Start Using EFT

  • Do your setup 3 times: “Even though I have this allergy/sensitivity to this ______ (substance), I love and accept myself anyway.”
  • Tap Round 1: “This sensitivity to ________ (substance).” (A round is a complete cycle of all the tapping points.)
  • Round 2: “I ask my body to release this sensitivity now.”
  • Round 3: “I ask my body to easily accept this _______ (substance) as safe and healthy.”
  • Round 4: Alternate the positive and negative. “This sensitivity…,” “I ask my body to…”
  • Round 5: “I now have a completely healthy relationship with this _______ (substance).”
  • Great option: Tap a few more rounds of gratitude for this healing, etc.

Persistence Pays

You may need to repeat this process every day for a week to totally clear the sensitivity. If you’re still concerned about a possible food sensitivity, you can always tap on it before you eat it, too. Just put one hand on the plate, and tap with the other hand. Use the phrases suggested above.

True Stories

I’ve used this process myself with great results. I experienced sinus problems from outgassing from something in my home – new carpet, padding, and/or linoleum. I didn’t know which was causing it, so I sat on the floor where all three came together. I held one hand on that spot while I tapped with the other. After one session, all sensitivity was gone for good. My sinuses cleared right up. Great!

While visiting New York City, I experienced a mystery rash which spread a little each day. After about 5 days, I decided to try this. I set a bowl of water outside for two hours to gather airborne particles (pollen, smog, etc.). Next, I gathered dust from a storage area I’d been working in and added that to the water.

I poured the water into a jar, held the jar on my lap, and followed the above sequence — twice a day for two days and the rash disappeared! I’ll never know exactly what the cause was, but that’s OK with me.

The Advantages of Mobile Massage

People today are so busy they will welcome any service that makes life easier for them. Instead of going to look for service providers, it is becoming fashionable for services to be brought at the doorstep so that no one has an excuse for missing out on the good things of life. This is what has made mobile massage service such a popular thing these days. All you need to do is call a therapist who comes to your doorstep and what’s more, they will customize their services so they can fit your very personal body needs. The therapist will take note of your needs, allergies and injuries to give you the best massage experience you can ever ask for.

This type of service comes in very handy in cases where the client cannot travel for any number of reasons. Think about an elderly or convalescing patient who needs massage or a pregnant woman or even one who is caring for young children; this eliminates the stress associated with such a person having to travel. The therapist comes with their own table or they get a way of working on the patient’s bed or even the floor of the house. The same service can also be held in the office or even the hotel room where a person is staying in case they traveled for leisure or business.

Depending on a client’s need, the therapist can either do the type of massage in which they are proficient or simply perform a relaxation massage. This is because clients have a wide array of therapies to choose from including deep tissue massage, foot massage, aromatherapy, pregnancy massage etc. The sessions can be very relaxing since the masseurs bring along soft relaxing music together with the relevant aromas, oils, towels, flannel linens as well as scented candles so as to create a very relaxing environment. In most cases, they will advice on what type of room you need to prepare in advance as well as what clothing you need to wear during the session for optimum effectiveness.

Companies that want to enhance their workers effectiveness and take advantage of the benefits of massage can actually take advantage of mobile massage services. They can consider creating room for a customized service known as corporate massage which is basically used as a stress management technique. Rather than requiring a massage table like we are used to, corporate massage is almost always done on a chair by therapists who bring all the other materials they require. The sessions are comfortable in a corporate setting because the clients don’t have to disrobe and, as such, they will enjoy the session in a truly relaxing setting.

There are business people who nowadays use this type of massage to help their clients relax and in the process they end up getting more business from them. Such a session can be help in special occasions such as product launches and will be combined with other give away such as food, drinks and any other acceptable form of entertainment. You could also try mobile massage as a gift to a loved one during their birthday or graduation party for a difference since all other gifts have become common place.

Are You Allergic to Cigarette Smoke?

Is just one breath of smoke enough to ruin your day? As soon as the person next to you lights up, the first thing to cross your mind is the unpleasant memory of your last clash with secondhand smoke and the runny nose, sneezing, and congestion that followed. For some, the reaction to cigarette smoke closely resembles an allergic reaction, which leads them to believe that they have “smoke allergies”.

There are a lot of “smoke allergy” myths that actually make it harder to properly treat your condition. This article will help you tell if determine whether you are affected by “smoke allergies” and what you can do to better protect yourself from the illnesses associated with smoke exposure.

#1 Myth: “Allergic to Smoke”

No one is really allergic to smoke. A large number of people insist that they are allergic to smoke created by cigarettes or cigars, but the truth is that they have having an allergy-like reaction due to other health conditions. Understanding exactly why you feel like you are having allergy attack when around a smoker is the key to understanding how to prevent future symptoms.

Why do I say that there is no such thing as a smoke allergy? Because technically smoke is not an allergen – but it is an irritant. This little difference explains why most people feel no relief when they take antihistamine allergy medicine after exposure to smoke. The key to avoiding the problems caused by cigarette smoke is determining what type of sensitivity you have and how best to treat it.

Who is Prone to “Smoke Allergies”?

  • Children and Infants
  • Elderly Persons
  • People with allergy history (anyone with allergies, asthma, eczema, etc)
  • People exposed to heavy smoke for long periods of time

Sometimes people who are sensitive to tobacco smoke will also experience allergy-like symptoms when they encounter strong odors, perfumes, weather changes or temperature changes.

Symptoms of Cigarette Sensitivity

For some people, exposure to tobacco smoke can cause a list of symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery, burning eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Post nasal drip
  • Congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache

These symptoms appear shortly after exposure to cigarette smoke and last for hours afterward. In addition to these symptoms, people who are in smoky environments on a daily basis are more likely to experience constant respiratory infections like sinusitis and bronchitis as well as the development of wheezing and asthma.

Tobacco Smoke Exposure

A lit cigarette is capable of releasing over 4,000 different chemicals into the air (80 of these are known or suspected carcinogens). Sometimes avoiding situations where people are smoking is almost impossible. Often a family member will smoke indoors, or a public place like a bar or restaurant will allow smoking. Depending on the severity of your reaction, just the smell of smoke on someone’s clothing or in a room where someone had smoked can cause irritation. So, even though avoidance of tobacco smoke is the best method to prevent “smoke allergies”, it may not be a practical solution.

Two Main Types of Smoke Sensitivity

The best way to treat your “allergy” to smoke is by first identifying what sort of sensitivity you are experiencing. There are two forms of smoke sensitivity:

  • Smoke Aggravating Underlying Allergies: your body is weakened by smoke and begins reacting to all the tiny bits of pollen, dust and dander that usually would not have been a problem.
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis: this is a condition that has the exact same symptoms as allergic rhinitis (or nasal allergies), but cannot be treated by antihistamine allergy medicine.

Smoke-Aggravated Allergies:

An allergen is a small particle that is made up of proteins that the body mistakes for a dangerous intruder like a virus or other germ. Smoke contains tiny tar ash particles (you can see these particles in the form of a white cloud created by burning tobacco). But tar ash particles are not the same as a true allergen because they are not protein based, but a form of carbon.

Instead of being tagged as an allergen, smoke particles are classified as an irritant. Irritants can cause you quite a bit of discomfort, worsen illnesses like asthma and allergies, and cause other serious health problems. So, in medical terms, no one can really be allergic to smoke, but they can suffer complications to their existing allergies or other illness.

If you have allergies or allergic asthma, smoke can trigger an allergic reaction because it is putting an extra strain on your body and immune system. The speck of cat dander drifting through the air that would not have normally set off a violent reaction; but with the addition of tobacco smoke, your body can no longer handle the allergens. Asthma becomes dangerous when mixed with exposure to tobacco smoke-even deadly for some.

You are likely to experience complications to existing allergies if:

  1. You know that you are allergic to other things like pollen, pets, mold or dust mites.
  2. You have eczema or food allergies.


  • Avoid as many situations as you can where you are exposed to smoke.
  • See an allergist to optimize your existing allergy treatment, or see if you have developed new allergies.
  • Run an air purifier to reduce the number of allergens in the air. Even a smaller, portable air filter like a home smoke eater is effective at removing allergens in guest rooms of smoking family members.

Vasomotor Rhinitis:

Vasomotor Rhinitis is a form of inflammation and irritation of the nasal area as well as the throat and eyes. Seasonal or indoor allergies are called “allergic rhinitis”. This condition is different from the allergic type because it is not caused by allergens. For this reason, Vasomotor Rhinitis is sometimes called “non-allergic rhinitis”. It causes many of the same symptoms that an allergic reaction would, but is caused by highly sensitive or excessive amounts of blood vessels in the delicate tissue of the sinus area. The symptoms you experience are trigger by your nervous system rather than allergens.

What this means is while another person may be able to tolerate cigarette smoke, a person with vasomotor rhinitis will experience a lot of discomfort with the same amount of smoke. So you are not overreacting when you complain about even small amounts of smoke – these small amounts REALLY ARE affecting you more severely than those around you.

In addition to cigarette smoke, often strong odors or weather conditions will also cause symptoms, so you may find that many aspects of your environment cause allergy-like symptoms. Some people even have allergic rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis simultaneously.

You are likely to have vasomotor rhinitis if:

  1. You are highly sensitive to other elements like perfume, strong odors, changes in weather, changes in temperature, or even spicy foods.
  2. Walking into a slightly warmer (or cooler) room makes your nose runny or painfully stuffy.
  3. Antihistamine medications do not alleviate the symptoms.


  • Avoid as many situations as possible where your condition might be aggravated. This includes smoke, as well as some other vasomotor rhinitis triggers like wearing perfume, burning scented candles, etc.
  • Talk to your doctor about treatment options. Some over the counter medications like oral decongestants and saline nasal sprays may offer you some relief. Some prescription medications that have been proven effective are antihistamine nasal sprays (as opposed to oral antihistamines which typically have no effect on vasomotor rhinitis), anti-drip anticholinergic nasal sprays and corticosteroid nasal sprays.
  • Limit your exposure to smoke and smoke odor as this is often the cause of many vasomotor rhinitis cases. Use an air purifier like a home smoke eater to minimize airborne pollutants.

A Note to Those with Existing Allergies:

Inhaling even small amounts of smoke over a long period of time can actually cause you to develop new allergies or even asthma. In young children, second hand tobacco smoke inhalation greatly increases the likeliness of developing allergies when they get older. If you live with a smoker, you are likely to have more cases of bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and other respiratory illnesses.

The best thing you can do for yourself make your living space a zero-tolerance smoke area. If this is not an option, you might want to consider an air purifier as an investment in your health.

Some of the symptoms of sinusitis (sinus infection) can closely resemble the vasomotor rhinitis and allergic rhinitis described in this article. Be sure to see your doctor to help you diagnose your condition if tobacco smoke has you feeling under the weather.

Remember: always be sure to talk to your doctor or allergist about your symptoms and treatment.

Have Your Home Made Immaculately Clean With a Maid Cleaning Service

There is no home-maker who would not wish to have a home that is spotlessly clean from the ceilings to the floors, from wall to wall, from the countertops to the crawl spaces.

The challenge lies in discovering both the time and energy to perform this most tiresome of all chores. And, even then, there is always the question of whether the outcome will be even noticed, let alone applauded, by your family, friends, and guests.

Must-Have Services:

Begin by making a differentiation between the must-have services which are absolutely critical for the day to day management of the household and the nice-to-have services that can wait for another day without the ceiling of the house caving in.

A maid cleaning service is the best choice for must-have services. The appointed maid reports every morning and discharges all of her allotted responsibilities before departing for the day.

Hiring a Maid:

A background check of the prospective maid is essential. Check out her qualifications, experience, and work history. Have a discussion with at least three former employers and satisfy yourself about her reputation and work ethic, any weak or problem areas and the reasons for discontinuation of the previous employment. A professional maid service provider would, of course, take care of all such checks before assigning it to you.

Nice-to-have Services:

Thorough cleaning of the home encompassing the removal of cobwebs, door and window cleaning, scrubbing of floors, cleaning of all furniture, fittings, fixtures, etc. is best assigned to a home cleaning service that will depute a team of qualified, experienced and professional cleaners to fulfil your dream of a spotlessly clean home.

Bonded and insured:

A standalone maid will not ordinarily be bonded and insured and, therefore, in the event of any loss that occurs either on account of negligence or theft, the homeowner will have no recourse for compensation.

When dealing with a service providing agency, you should ensure that the agency is bonded against loss caused by its employees and the employees themselves are insured against accidents on the work site.

Employee Screening:

Check with the service provider about how rigorous their reference checks are with regard to establishing identity, proof of residence (temporary and permanent), criminal background, and family reputation of its workforce.

Ascertain whether the team deputed by the agency is on its payroll or the work is being subcontracted.

Cleaning Products:

Find out from the agency the category of cleaning products that will be used. The products should be environment-friendly and biodegradable, but effective at sanitizing against all manner of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and virus.

Make sure that there is, at best, only low content of chemicals such as ammonia, lime chloride, etc. Products with a high content of inorganic compounds are unsafe, especially if you have children or pets at home, and such products also emit odours that can have adverse effects on persons suffering from bronchial allergies.

Quality Standards and Customer Satisfaction:

Discuss with the cleaning agency regarding the quality assurance mechanism on the basis of which it would be ensured that the cleaning service is satisfactorily rendered.

Check also about whether you would be called upon to provide customer feedback immediately on closure of the service. This is always a clear indicator of how important customer satisfaction is to the agency and of its zeal to improve the quality of its services.

The robust due diligence is a one-time exercise with long term benefits. Some service providers have provided the convenience of booking service via WhatsApp messages. Home cleaning services will allow you to relax while your trusted agency gives you a clean home that becomes your neighbour’s envy again and again.