My House Is Killing Me!

My House Is Killing Me!

The Home Guide for Families With Allergies and Asthma

Book - 2001
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Explores the different areas of the home, including bedrooms, kitchens, basements that may be causing health problems due to allergies and asthma, and describes the problems that can be caused by heating and cooling systems.

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Advocating a take charge attitude, the head of a company that conducts indoor air quality surveys discusses the health onslaughts of unseen home invaders and makes preventative care recommendations for the environment where we spend most of our lives. May secondarily addresses outdoor and workplace air quality issues. Includes a preface by a Johns Hopkins U. public health educator, photos of the aliens and their preferred lairs, a glossary of terms, and a resource guide for homeowners and professionals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

It's a world we barely see, but it is teeming with life. In the dust of a typical house, carpet beetles, mites, silverfish, and other creatures live and die, producing new generations every few months. Mold, bacteria, and yeast lurk undetected in heating and cooling systems. Debris dispersed into the air from these organisms can cause runny noses, itchy eyes, coughing, headaches, and breathing difficulties. Some people, especially those made highly sensitive by allergies, suffer from devastating health problems and the worry that, as one such sufferer lamented, "My house is killing me!"

Scrutinizing house dust and air samples with a microscope, indoor air quality expert Jeffrey C. May has spent his career helping people identify what's causing their chronic health problems. InMy House Is Killing Me! he draws on the dramatic personal stories of his clients' suffering and relief to help readers understand the links between environmental factors and problems like allergies and asthma. Explaining how air conditioning, finished basements, and other home features affect air quality, he offers a step-by-step approach to identifying, controlling, and often eliminating the sources of indoor pollutants and allergens. If we could see this contamination, May observes, the air would look as murky as stagnant water, and we would know not to breathe it.

Reading My House Is Killing Me! lets you see your house the way an expert would. Just as he looks at spaces and systems during an indoor air quality investigation, May focuses first on the areas of daily life (bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen), then looks into attics and basements (including heating and air conditioning), and finally moves outside to the garage and the exterior of a home. Along with offering a wealth of practical advice and proven solutions for various problems, he includes a glossary of terms and a list of valuable resources.

Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
Description: xi, 338 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780801867293
Branch Call Number: 616.97 May


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