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Homeowners may be healthier than renters

Homeowners are more likely to make recommended changes for asthma relief than renters.

While the benefits of owning a home are many, one that doesn't usually come to mind is asthma relief. A new study published in the August issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests that those who own homes are more likely to get relief from allergic asthma symptoms than those who rent them.

According to the study, the reason for this is that 91 percent of those who own their home reportedly will follow advice to keep allergens within the space at bay. By comparison, only 63 percent of renters were willing to follow the same advice. Some of this, the researchers say, is due to the fact that renters don't always have the power to make certain changes to their unit, such as removing wall-to-wall carpeting.

Other factors, however, researcher Dr. Michael Shatz suggests in the study are completely within the control of those who rent include changing bed sheets more often. This implies that those who own their own home may be healthier than those who live in rented houses, but that everyone has the same access to allergy and asthma reducing information. 

Regardless of if someone rents or owns their home, they can benefit from following allergen-reducing advice given to them from doctors. Many of the suggested tasks for reducing asthma irritants within the house are very simple, such as keeping humidity below 60 percent by using an air conditioner or a dehumidifier.

WebMD suggests that those who have pets should keep their animals outside of the bedroom, and keep dander to a minimum by bathing and brushing their furry friends once a week. Vacuuming regularly with a dust mask or HEPA filter will also help to keep homes free of respiratory red-flags. 

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