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Suffering from Allergies? Running for Cover Inside Your Home Might Not Be Your Best Escape

NWHRC and Beth Bath & Beyond Uncover
the Easiest Steps to Reduce Allergens
in Your Home, Room-by-Room

Red Bank, NJ - The not-for-profit National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) has teamed with Bed Bath & Beyond to help the 35 million Americans suffering from allergies understand how they can combat major indoor allergens, room-by-room. Housed at, NWHRC provided the health content for the virtual home tour, which offers general allergy information, resources and simple household tips for maintaining a healthy, allergen-free environment.

According to the Healthy Home Room-by-Room Guide, the major indoor allergens are dust, pet dander, mold and cockroaches. However, airborne pollen is another common allergy trigger that can creep into your home.

"With spring in full bloom, millions are suffering the effects of outdoor allergies," said Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, executive director of NWHRC. "What people may not recognize is that conditions inside their homes are adding to their health problem. This online guide takes you room-by-room to illustrate simple ideas for ridding your home of harmful allergens."

Examples of the household tips include...

Bathroom: Wash and dry bath mats weekly to kill dust mites and prevent mold.

Bedroom: Encase quilts, pillows, mattress and box spring in allergen covers.

Laundry Room: Vent your dryer to the outside of your home so that the moisture and lint it pulls out of your clothes don't go into the house to become mold magnets.

Kitchen: Clean the tray under the refrigerator with a bleach-and-water solution often to prevent mold growth.

Basement: Clear out old stored papers and fabrics that can become moldy.

Entrance: Leave shoes at the front entrance to prevent tracking dust, molds and pollen into the house.

As part of the campaign, NWHRC will have an in-store presence in select Bed Bath & Beyond stores across the country. Consumers will find a display offering a free indoor allergens panel card that previews the in-depth household tips showcased in the online guide. Additional information on allergies and asthma is available at NWHRC's Web site at or by calling 1-877-986-9472 (toll-free).

NWHRC and Bed Bath & Beyond began their partnership in 2005 to educate consumers, specifically women, about their health and emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

"We know that women are the health CEOs of their families," stated Battaglino Cahill. "Combining the national reach of Bed Bath & Beyond with the NWHRC's expertise in women's health means that millions of women will know more about how to take care of themselves and their loved ones."

The Healthy Home Room-by-Room Guide is the third guide developed by NWHRC for Bed Bath & Beyond. Other guides currently available at include the Healthy Holiday Guide and the College Health Guide.

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The National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is the leading independent health information source for women. The non-profit organization develops and distributes up-to-date and objective women's health information based on the latest advances in medical research and practice. NWHRC believes all women should have access to the most trusted and reliable health information. Informed women are healthier women.

Amber McCracken

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