Secret to “allergy-free” rooms unveiled

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A conference centre in Worcestershire has received an international allergy-friendly award for introducing a wide range of allergy free rooms. 

The Cotswold Conference Centre is the first venue of its kind in the world to receive the award and its secrets to achieving an allergy-free environment may easily be implemented in households.

Each room has a wooden floor – not carpet – and blinds replace curtains. Smoking, pot plants and pets are completely prohibited in the rooms too. Finally, a specialist vacuum cleaner provides 99.9 per cent dust filtration and can eliminate dust mites.

By just following a few of these tips in the home – such as swapping conservatory curtains for conservatory blinds – it appears that thousands of allergy suffers stand to benefit. According to research from market analyst Mintel, nearly half of the UK population now suffers from some kind of allergy, reports

The award, granted by the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF), comes just before the beginning of Indoor Allergy Week 2011; a week raising the profile of those who suffer from allergies.

According to ECARF’s expert Professor Zuberbier, allergies are getting worse too, not better.

“The body of scientific evidence shows us that allergies are getting worse,” he said on “ECARF takes a pragmatic approach, we do not want to put allergy sufferers into a sterile box, but offer support for a better life.”

However, “over-insulated buildings can make things worse,” the expert warned, advising that it is always desirable to have the option to open a window in any room.