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How do I treat the furniture and my home environment? 

How do I treat the furniture and my home environment? 

Depends on reason: Please send your question to healthtap again, with details about why you need to treat your furniture. Each question is seen independently by our medical experts, so each question must have enough details by itself. Thanks! ...Read more

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How can I tell whether or not furniture has potentially worrisome vocs in it?

VOC's: Ask sales person's before buying. With the green movement, low voc products will often advertise as such. ...Read more

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Where do we find fire safety information for furniture and mattresses?

Where do we find fire safety information for furniture and mattresses?

On labeling: Most items treated for fire safety are labeled as such. You can also look up items on the internet for these concerns. ...Read more

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Healthy living: what furniture stores are particularly good about selling furniture that's free of vocs?

Healthy living: what furniture stores are particularly good about selling furniture that's free of vocs?

Hastens for beds: The gold standard, at least for "green" bedding, is hastens. The company reports it meets standards set by Öko-tex and others for home and environmental health. Mattresses are made with cotton and even horsehair! ...Read more

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If we have had mould in our house before, but we no longer live in that house, will the furniture and other objects still be infected? And my health?

If we have had mould in our house before, but we no longer live in that house, will the furniture and other objects still be infected? And my health?

Possibly: Mold damaged and water damaged materials can be the source of mold spores or mycotoxins. You should have your furniture and other items checked for mold if you are suspicious. ...Read more

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Can smoke on clothes and furniture still cause a danger to children?

Can smoke on clothes and furniture still cause a danger to children?

Yes: That's called "third hand smoke exposure, " and it's been shown to be quite dangerous to children. If there are smokers in the household, they should only smoke out of doors if children are present to prevent second and third gang smoke exposure. ...Read more

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Could you get anthrax from a couch, chair, hat any sort of furniture?

Could you get anthrax from a couch, chair, hat any sort of furniture?

Anthrax: One can get anthrax from inhaling anthrax spores. Is there any reason to think you have been exposed to a terrorist attack ? ...Read more

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Please help me, what should I do. I am allergic to some new furniture. Pressed wood I think?

Please help me, what should I do. I am allergic to some new furniture. Pressed wood I think?

Formaldehyde?: Off-gassing of formaldehyde from new pressed wood furniture or wood paneling can trigger irritant respiratory symptoms. If you have asthma, formaldehyde can trigger an asthma attack. The mechanism is inhalation of a respiratory irritant not an allergen. It might be possible to seal the furniture with polyurethane. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated spot & allow ample time for drying. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have BP drop after moderate exertion. Went from 138/88 to 107/70 after moving furniture for about two hours?

Is it normal to have BP drop after moderate exertion.  Went from 138/88 to 107/70 after moving furniture for about two hours?

Yes : a certain amount of drop in blood pressure is normal with exertion. That is body response to exercise. Also dehydration will contribute to this as well. Be careful in hot conditions. If drops too low and symptoms develop that don't respond to rest and hydration then need an evaluation. ...Read more