Bacteria and Allergens
E. coli comes in a variety of different strands with varying affects. While some can be harmless, others can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, and pneumonia. It is found in the intestinal tract of mammals and released through fecal matter. It can be deposited onto you carpet directly from pets, splashing out of toilets, and tracked from outside – to name a few. A toxin carrying strand causes E.coli infections when ingested, usually through contaminated food or water.
Staph is a bacteria carried by around 25% of the population living in the nose or on the skin, even on otherwise very healthy people. Staph can range from minor skin irritations to much more extreme conditions. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected by the bacteria. Some types can be treated with antibiotics, while some are resistant. Staph can spread on the carpet through blood, skin, dirty hands and fingernails, and mucous (sneezing).
There are approximately 40,000 cases of salmonella reported each year with an estimated 30-40 times more milder cases undiagnosed. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping, with infants and young children being the most susceptible to infection. It is spread to the carpet through feces of people and animals, including mammals, birds, and reptiles. Salmonella can be transferred on the carpet through contaminated food, pets, and from tracking in from outside.
Dust mites feed on organic detritus, such as flakes of shed human skin, and flourish in the stable environment of dwellings. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide.
Animal Dander - Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers.
Pollen is a powder of seed plants that help to germinate other plants. There are different types of allergies to pollen one of which is a nasal allergy called pollinosis and then there is a grass pollen allergy called hay fever. It is very easily brought into your home through open windows/doors or even on your clothing and shoes. Pollen quickly settles in your carpet.
Mold Spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. Mold is various types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. The spores are very hardy and travel through outdoor and indoor air . When the spores land on a surface where moisture is present, mold can start to grow.
Mold can grow indoor and outdoor and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.
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