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Pollen

Posted on May 3, 2019 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey Gang...Its pollen season!!  :/ According Web Md., here are 7 tips you can do to help fight pollen.

Springtime brings not just deliciously longer days, warmer weather, balmy breezes and blooming flowers. For people with allergies, it means the return of pollen. Pollen and allergies don't mix.

There's not much you can do to avoid pollen altogether -- after all, it's produced by grasses, trees, flowers and weeds -- but you can minimize the misery. Here's your springtime pollen survival guide.

Can You Really Avoid Pollen?

Be realistic. "Complete avoidance of pollen is impractical," says Daniel Waggoner, MD, an allergist in Mystic, Conn., tells his patients. "In Connecticut, spring brings tree pollens. Late spring and summer brings grass pollens. Late summer and fall brings weed pollen."

"That in general holds true across the country," he says. However, if you travel south, some types of pollen may linger year round, with the warmer temperatures.

But there's a lot you can do to minimize the fallout from pollen -- from simple measures you can take around the house to seeing an allergist for treatment.

1. Know Your Pollen Count

Pollen is the invisible annoyance. The average pollen particle is smaller than the width of an average human hair, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

But once pollen reaches your nose and throat, it can trigger an allergic reaction if you are the sensitive type. And about 35 million Americans are sensitive to pollen, according to National Institutes of Health estimates.

It's easy enough to check the pollen count in your locale through the National Allergy Bureau, a section of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, which maintains an online site for pollen counts.

Pollen counts calculate a given pollen in a specific amount of air during a particular period, such as 24 hours, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Ask your allergist exactly what you are allergic to, and when that pollen peaks, so you can be ready to take action before the pollen triggers bad allergic reactions, says Russell B. Leftwich, MD, an allergist in Nashville, Tenn.

2. Stay Indoors When Pollen Counts Are High

When pollen counts are high, shut the windows and use the air conditioner, suggests Leftwich.

"The biggest problem pollen-sensitive patients have are the times when the pollen is heaviest and outside temperatures are the nicest," he says. "People are tempted to sleep with the windows open."

Big mistake, he tells them. "Normally with the windows shut and the air conditioner on there is very little pollen in your house."

3. Plan Outdoor Time Wisely

It's best to avoid the outdoors during high pollen counts, but that's not always practical.

"Most plants pollinate from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., says Miguel P. Wolbert, MD, an allergist in Evansville, Ind. Wolbert is certified in pollen counting for the National Allergy Bureau. "If you are outside then, going for a jog, you pick up the pollen on your hair, face, and clothes," he says.

Windy days can be worse than calm days. "Windy days stir the pollen around," he says.

If a dog is jogging with you, he's a pollen-carrier, too, Wolbert says. "Often people blame the dog for an allergy, and it might be the pollen on the pet."

When possible, avoid early morning outings with the dog on high pollen days, especially if it's windy.

4. Protect Yourself From Pollen When You Go Outdoors

"When people do have to be outside at a high pollen time, wearing a mask is a good filter," says Leftwich. He suggests getting a painter's mask at your local hardware store or home improvement center.

"If you have bad pollen allergies and you are the one who has to do the yard work, wearing a mask is a good idea," he says. They don't look fashionable, he admits, but reminds his patients: "It's not a social occasion."

When you're outside, minimize your exposure to pollutants and other allergens as well, suggests Wolbert. If you go jogging later in the day when pollen tends to die down, pick a residential street instead of a thoroughfare to avoid car exhaust.

Also, adds Leftwich: "Take your allergy medicines before you go outside. People wait until they are miserable and then take it. For some reason they think [an allergy attack] is not going to happen this time."

5. Keep Pollen From Following You Into the House

As soon as you arrive home -- even if you've just been in the backyard -- change your clothes and take a shower to rid your body of as much pollen as possible, Leftwich says.

Don't forget your hair, especially if it is long, Leftwich says. "Just rinsing your hair would do."

6.  Treat Your Pollen Allergies

A variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications can help your allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, and coughing.

Get an evaluation from an allergist to help find the best allergy remedy for you, Wolbert says. The doctor may recommend an antihistamine, other allergy pills, inhaled allergy treatments, or even allergy shots.

Beware of overusing decongestant nasal sprays. Using decongestant sprays for more than three days in a row, he says, can lead to a "rebound" effect. Your allergy symptoms may become worse than before you started the medicine.

If your pollen allergies are bad, talk to your doctor about preventive treatment with antihistamines or inhaled steroids. Start taking the treatment before pollen season starts.

You might also consider allergy shots (allergy immunotherapy) if you suffer severe allergies. The doctor injects a small amount of the allergen that affects you, building up your immunity over time. Typically, the injection is given once a week or once a month. "It usually takes three to five years of allergy shots," Wolbert says, to build up immunity to the allergen.

"Most people get good results, if they stick with the recommended number of injections," he says.

7. Take an Allergy Vacation

If pollen still drags you down after taking all the six steps above, consider taking an allergy vacation.

When pollen season is in full swing, take a trip to an area less affected by pollen, such as the beach or the seashore nearest to your hometown. Relax! You deserve it.


Heat Advisory

Posted on August 12, 2018 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)
One simple note: Please have courtesy for the fact that the heat can be the cause of heat strokes. When it comes to doing work in attics, crawl spaces, ect., please understand some things can wait!

Duct Work

Posted on March 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello Pretty People...... Now that Spring time is coming, it is time to open up the windows and air the house out. Not only do we want to schedule your spring cleaning, don't forget to schedule your cleaning for your duct work. It is equally important when it comes allergy season to clean out those ducts so we are not breathing in the same old winter dirt and circulating it back through the system. One place you can call is Fletcher's Heating and Plumbing to schedule that. http://fletcherplumbingheatcool.com/ Contact Information Fletcher Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, Inc. 18 Myrtle Street Smyrna, DE 19977 Phone: 302-653-0503 Location 2 1401 E. Newport Pike Wilmington, DE Phone: 302-323-0503 302-636-0411 Kent County Fax: 302-653-8259 Email: [email protected] BUSINESS HOURS Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Live 24 Hour Answering Service Credit Cards and Financing Spring and Fall HVAC Specials

I'M BAAACK!!!!!

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)
It has been a long hard year and I think I am finally able to start a new chapter and focus on blogging. So I want to start by saying Happy Valentines Day!! Gentlemen don't forget to do your girlfriends and wives a favor and get the house cleaned and top it off with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Great topics to follow or if there is something you would like to discuss by all means, Lets Talk!!

Chemicals Used in Antibacterial Soaps No Longer FDA Approved

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (1)

According to GoodHousekeeping.com

By Associated Press

SEP 2, 2016


The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.

 

"We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration' drug center director, in a statement.

 

Friday's decision primarily targets two once-common ingredients — triclosan and triclocarban — that some limited animal research suggests can interfere with hormone levels and spur drug-resistant bacteria. The chemicals have long been under scrutiny, and a cleaning industry spokesman said most companies have already removed the now banned 19 chemicals from their soaps and washes.

 

The FDA said it will allow companies more time to provide data on three other chemicals, which are still in a majority of products sold today. The agency told manufacturers nearly three years ago that they must show their products are safe and effective. Regulators said Friday the data submitted for the chemicals did not meet federal standards for proving safety and effectiveness.

 

"Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs," Woodcock said in a statement. "In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term."

 

The FDA ban comes more than 40 years after Congress asked the agency to evaluate triclosan and dozens of other antiseptic ingredients. Ultimately, the government agreed to publish its findings only after a three-year legal battle with an environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, which accused the FDA of delaying a decision on the safety of triclosan.

 

 

The group cited research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found triclosan in the urine of three-quarters of Americans tested for various chemicals. The FDA is now undertaking a sweeping reevaluation of soaps and washes used by consumers and health professionals.

 

The American Cleaning Institute, a cleaning chemical association, disputes the FDA's findings, saying in a statement "the FDA already has in its hands data that shows the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps."

 

The group's spokesman said companies are planning to submit data on three chemicals currently used by industry: benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol. The FDA delayed making a decision on those chemicals for one year.

 

One important note to consumers: The FDA decision does not apply to hand sanitizers, most of which use alcohol rather than antibacterial chemicals.

Reference:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/news/a40296/fda-bans-antiseptic-chemicals-from-soaps/

BE Prepared

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

CONTRACTORS/INVESTORS

YES, I am calling you out!  When You ask for a quote please understand a few things and please do not take offense to anything said.

1.  That does not include me coming in 4 or 5 times for the same price.  

2.  The instructions are simple.  Unless I CHOOSE to come in multiple times, which I will tell you, the price will include me coming in to start it, such as windows (depending on how dirty they are).  The next time I come in all work on the inside should be completed.  This includes carpet, paint, electrical,  and other miscellaneous tasks.  

3.  I expect to be the last one backing out.  The next set of foot prints that walk through the property should be the realator and the potential renter / homeowner.  If you decide to go into the property to do work afterwards and you would like for me to come in and clean behind there is an extra charge for this.  If I come and the property is  not ready to be cleaned there will be a trip charge for this. When I place you on my calendar to come to do a total house clean, I have set aside that day for you.  I cannot work around 10 people in a house trying to complete the project and all of my efforts are gone to waste.

Please know that I am there to help you sell your home and you hire me to come in to do a job.  Now, it certainly would not make any sense if I came in to clean only for it to be dirtied by other people only for you to have to clean it up again.  With that being said, just clean up behind yourselves.  But also know that I WILL WORK WITH YOU.  I am not heartless, I just dont like doing things twice.  Time is of the essence and I am one for working smart, not hard!!



What are your thoughts?

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I would love to hear your questions and comments!  What do you have for me?


AANNDDDD GO!!!!!!

Pricing

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

When a cleaning service comes out to do an estimate and gives you a price that seems a little inflated, please dont come across as having sticker shock.  So let just list a few things that make a GOOD cleaning service worth its weight.

1. You should not be treated like a number or a time stamp  Meaning, some will come in and charge by the hour and give you exactly 2 hours, for example, and leave.  It does not mean they are getting everything done or doing it the proper way.  So with that being said, when you have someone charging  $40-$60, I promise they are not doing everything the way it should.

2.  Don't be afraid to ask what their price includes.  Just remember the old saying, " You get what you pay for!!"  no matter if it is a franchise or a small business.

3.  When talking about small businesses, understand the overhead that has to go into running that business.  They are buying their own supplies to bring to your home, using his or her own equipment, gas, paying their helper bee, insurance, etc.  You ask how is this your problem?  Its not!! But keep that in mind when at the end of the day, they have come to clean your home so you dont have to at the end of the day. So now that all the overhead is taken out of the $40-$60 they MAY turn a profit. 

4.  Just becaue you are a freind does not necessarily mean you will always get a discount!!!

There are so many more factors that go into the pricing aspect, but this just gives you an idea of where I  am coming from and the figures given above are just examples.

What are your thoughts?


Food for Thought

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Let's start by saying anything posted is not to come off offensive but things I have either been asked or I have encountered throughout my journey of owning my business.  Pease take into consideration that whenever you call to make an appointment whether it be with myself or a different cleaning company, we have put you on the schedule under the notion that we will be coming in to do what was initially dicussed or previously arranged.  You MUST keep in mind that you may not be the only one on the schedule for the day.  IF there is additional work that you would like done, know there is a chance that the cleaner may or may not be able to do it if you present it upon arrival. Therefore, please call ahead and ask  if it is possible to etch out a little more time to accomodate the chore that is being asked to be done.  If it can't be done then arrangements can be made to do it anothere time and keep in mind there may be additional fees.


What are your thoughts or questions?

Thank You

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I want to take this time to thank all of my customers for their patience and understanding.  As you all know my health took a little bit of a detour over the past month.  You will all be happy to know, as far as it seems, I am back on the upswing and starting to be able to eat again.  

Again, Thank you and I am looking forward to taking care of you for the days to come.  

Chaunte



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