Is Your Home Making You Sick?

We all love our home, the safe and familiar place we love, but could it be making you sick? You might be surprised but the answer is probably yes. We are aware of dangers outside and we avoid them but there are some inside dangers you might not be aware of. (photo credit:

Do you have a sick house? Lead paint, pesticides, and pollution can contribute to sick house syndrome. Here are 10 things you can do to keep your house, and you, healthy. By Carol Sorgen 

Toxins, pesticides, gases, mites, and molds are everywhere, and the more you’re exposed to them, the greater your risk for developing  the health problems they can cause.

When it comes to being “home sick,” says Robert McLellan, MD, director of Exeter Hospital’s Environmental and Occupational Health Center in Portsmouth, N.H., you can look at it from two angles. Which of your health problems are related to your environment? Or what hazards are lurking in your environment and what can they do to you?

The first angle, typically referred to as “sick building syndrome,” usually results in a group of symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation, stuffiness, “spaciness,” and rash, says McLellan. “These symptoms come and go fairly quickly — you may notice them within an hour or two of entering a building but also notice that they will be gone within an hour or two of leaving a building.”

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