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Home monitoring system for house dust mite allergens
Effective and economic relief for allergy and asthma sufferers

Allergies affect as high as 40% of the western populations and allergic asthma, eczema and rhinitis are increasingly common conditions. In many cases, symptoms are caused by an allergy to house dust mite (HDM) allergens. Research has shown that over 85% of asthmatics are allergic to HDM allergens. Exposure of children in early years of life to allergens increases their risk of developing allergies. Establishing an allergy-friendly environment is the first step in avoiding common allergens and controlling allergies. Staying clear of allergens gives anti-allergy drugs a better chance to be effective. Continue reading

Rhinitis

Allergies are a growing problem worldwide. Almost 40% of western populations suffer from allergies, and the problem is increasing by 20-50% each decade.

Exposure to a variety of substances, which may not cause any reaction in the majority of individuals, can cause sensitised people to sneeze, cough, itch, wheeze, have runny eyes and nose, and rashes. The substances causing these reactions are called allergens, and commonly include house dust mites, pet dander, pollen and fungal spores. Continue reading

Dust Mite Tips

Top Tips for Allergen Avoidance

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Vacuum the entire mattress and under the bed, using a high-suction vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters – this will remove any surface dust (including skin flakes and allergen particles).

Once cleaned, fit approved allergen-proof covers on the mattress to prevent skin flakes going into the bedding and stop any remaining allergen particles getting out.

Considering replacing old mattresses. Continue reading

Allergy Treatment

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At Allergy Relief Stores, we have been talking with allery sufferers for over 17 years. I have been invited into their homes and discovered what causes their symptoms, tested and found solutions and products that have given them allergy relief.

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We share a history with Austin Air that goes back to 1991, and of all the portable home air purifiers on the market, it is still the most effective. We have home tested many other electronic air purifiers, but none can deliver what the Austin Air can. Continue reading

Asthma

Asthma, a chronic condition affecting the airways, is associated with an underlying allergic condition. In asthma, the airways become very sensitive to allergens and other triggers. When an asthma attack is triggered, the airways narrow, the muscles around the airways tighten and the linings of the airways may produce sticky mucous. All these changes make it difficult to breathe, and in some cases this can be life threatening. Continue reading

Allergy Products

Mite-Alert was the first in the ActivAllergy range of products. The product was launched in May 2003. It is a unique, easy-to-use monitoring device for house dust mite allergen (HDMA) in indoor environments. HDMA is a common causative agent in allergic conditions such as asthma, eczema and rhinitis. Asthma, for example, is a condition that affects over 150 million people worldwide and 85% of asthma sufferers are allergic to house dust mite allergen. Mite-Alert provides asthma and other allergy sufferers with precise knowledge on HDMA levels allowing them to take preventative measures before allergen levels can trigger an allergic attack. Currently, most asthma sufferers are only offered drug solutions for the treatment of symptoms, rather than those that enable control and avoidance. Continue reading

Info for Consumers

Home monitoring system for house dust mite allergens. Effective and economic relief for allergy and asthma sufferers.

Asthma, eczema and rhinitis are increasingly common conditions. In many cases, symptoms are caused by an allergy to house dust mite allergens. Research has shown that over 85% of asthmatic children are sensitive to these particular triggers. Exposure of children in early years of life to allergens increases their chances of developing allergies. Establishing an allergy-friendly home is important, and this can be done through careful management of common allergens. Continue reading

Test for Allergies

If an allergy is suspected, it is important to identify the cause. Correct medication can then be prescribed and appropriate allergen avoidance measures taken. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the allergen tests available. Frequently used tests include:

Skin prick test

A small needle is used to prick tiny drops of purified allergens into the skin. If the person is allergic to a particular allergen – the skin around the spot reddens, becomes itchy, and produces a white swelling called a weal. The reactions will fade within a few hours. This test is usually carried out on the arm, but in children may be carried out on the back. Continue reading