Health Watch -- It's in the Air: The Day Care Environment

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about how environmental factors can affect your health. Allergens and other environmental contaminants may make allergy and asthma symptoms worse. If you have children with allergies, your home isn't the only place where you need to worry about the environment. A recent study sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that day-care centers are a major source of indoor allergens.

Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, chief allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says there are things you can look for at day care centers that may be a sign of allergens. Dampness can lead to mold growth, so look for leaks. Carpet is more likely than tile to harbor dust mites, and wall cracks may allow cockroaches to enter.

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February 2006

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