Which house is best for people with allergies?
A study has found that a home with lots of outdoor space could help protect people from the effects of seasonal allergies.
Researchers from University College London’s School of Environment, Tourism and Society found that residents with a good understanding of their home environment, and who live close to nature, are less likely to have allergies than those with more sheltered spaces.
“The finding that more sheltered households have lower allergy rates than those who live in homes with more indoor spaces suggests that people living in sheltered areas have a much better understanding of the environment, which may result in a lower risk of developing allergy,” said lead author, Professor Ian Walker.
“If you have children, it’s even better.
They can go to their schools or play nearby.
They have more opportunities to experience nature.”
The study was published in the journal Nature.
It compared indoor and outdoor housework in 30,000 adults and found that indoor chores, such as washing and vacuuming, were the most effective at preventing allergies.
“I don’t know if this will come as a surprise to people,” said Dr Walker.
He said that if the study was repeated in a larger group, it could reveal how people’s homes could be more effective at reducing the spread of allergies.
The study also found that children and older adults were more likely to report that they had asthma and were more prone to develop an allergy than children and younger adults.
“People living close to the urban centre may have a better understanding about the climate and what to do if the weather is dry,” said Professor Walker.
The research has also found evidence that a person’s lifestyle can also help prevent allergies.
People with an average of 10 years of living in their local area were about 10 per cent less likely than people with a similar lifestyle to have an allergy, Dr Walker said.
He suggested that the fact that people have more outdoor space and more space around nature, including trees and other plants, could be beneficial.
“What’s the difference between an urban and rural house?
Both are designed to be open spaces.
It’s not about the space itself,” he said.
“You don’t need a lot of space because it’s all about the atmosphere.”
Dr Walker added that people should be cautious about taking on a new house, as it is a lot easier to lose track of allergies than to fix them.
“For people with allergy, it might not be the right thing to do,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“So they need to consider it carefully before they make a big move.” ABC/wires