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Hardwood vs. Carpet: What Side Are You On?

 

Before you update your flooring, you should know the pros and cons of the two most common options – hardwood and carpet. Style preference is one thing, but which is best for the health of your family? Which one do you think is more asthma and allergy friendly? It's important to learn the advantages and disadvantages of both when shopping for new flooring when you have asthma and allergies.


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Debbie Alves posted:

There are other hard surface alternatives, from linoleum (perhaps the ultimate β€œgreen” flooring) to tile to vinyl. It’s even possible to get hard-wearing and attractive flooring made from recycled tires. I’d like to see a true comparison between all the options, pros and cons, and include such possible irritant/triggers as off-gasing from padding and carpet materials. 

Hi Debbie, The only personal concern (since I have a latex allergy) I have with a recycled tire floor is that its made of latex. It's really amazing how many products are made of latex--even some furniture!!

Brenda

Brenda

Mild persistent asthma, drug allergy, macadamia nut allergy, latex allergy (although not anaphylactic. I have contact reaction/cross reactions to food--trying to prevent exposure); pollen, mold, and grasses; lactose intolerant. OAS to melon, cantaloupe, apple (raw only); Banana (UTI)

Thanks for commenting Debbie! Great suggestions!

Melissa

Grace: seasonal allergies, asthma

Josh: allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, asthma

Bekah: allergic to most foods, currently eating peaches, pears, apples and bacon, asthma, g-j tube fed, portacath for hydration

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There are other hard surface alternatives, from linoleum (perhaps the ultimate β€œgreen” flooring) to tile to vinyl. It’s even possible to get hard-wearing and attractive flooring made from recycled tires. I’d like to see a true comparison between all the options, pros and cons, and include such possible irritant/triggers as off-gasing from padding and carpet materials. 

Debbie Alves

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