Mediaplanet: Where is the industry headed in terms of care for allergies and asthma? 

Stuart Loesch: While there are several products in development for the treatment of allergies and asthma, the main goal of treating these diseases will continue to be treatment of the underlying inflammation. Products containing inhaled or intranasal corticosteroids, like sprays or inhalers, are currently the most effective way to treat the underlying inflammation of both asthma and allergies.

Tom Lape: The flooring industry continues to evaluate the impact of flooring on allergens and indoor air quality. A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Studies cited by the Carpet and Rug Institute prove that properly cleaned carpet can help reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and allergies. A recent Database of Allergy and Asthma Biomarkers (DAAB) study concluded that carpet reduces airborne dust by 50 percent in comparison to hard flooring surfaces.

"A recent study concluded that carpet reduces airborne dust by 50 percent in comparison to hard flooring surfaces."

MP: Why is consistent management key for keeping symptoms under control? 

SL: Consistent management, for both asthma and allergies, is key to keep symptoms under control because it is often difficult to know if the underlying inflammation is getting worse, until it is too late. In many patients, the inflammation can be getting worse in the absence of noticeable symptoms until something triggers the allergies or asthma, which results in an attack.  Treating the underlying inflammation, through consistent management with products containing inhaled or intranasal corticosteroids, helps to ensure attacks or severe worsening of symptoms are less likely to happen.

TL: Regular vacuuming and deep cleaning extraction effectively remove dust and allergens from carpet and help keep them out of the air we breathe. For best results removing pollutants trapped in carpet, view CRI Seal of Approval vacuums and CRI Seal of Approval cleaning products and systems.