Have you seen the reports circulating that say: "... the most
widely recommended treatments to reduce dust mites had no effect on the
symptoms of asthma sufferers , researchers in Denmark found."
MSNBC reported on this a few weeks back.
That's alarming, as it seems to go against what we've always heard about dust
mites: reduce them, their waste and their carcasses and you will greatly reduce
your allergies and asthma.
ABCNews.com reported on the same study and had this to say:
the study to a panel of experts, and their response was that the study might
show that dust mite control could make a difference if it is used as part of a
larger program, including using air conditioning and keeping your windows
closed, washing your hair and clothes at night and keeping pets indoors.
Wrapping your mattress could also be helpful, but if that is your only effort
to control dust mites it won't make much difference."
That is a more balanced statement (i.e. irritan...
House Dust and Asthma
In this entry, I would like to discuss how house dust and dust mites contribute to asthma in adults and children. There are also strategies you can use to control your and your child’s exposure to dust and dust mites, an important indoor asthma trigger for many individuals.
What is dust allergy?
While we often can see dust floating indoors and gathering on surfaces, it is not typically the dust to which people are allergic, but rather substances that are carried on the dust that cause hayfever symptoms and/or wheeze.
Dust is a combination of many substances, including pet dander, fabric particles, and small dust mite particles, to name a few. While high levels of dust can lead to irritation of the nose and lungs without allergy, the most common allergens on dust are pet dander, cockroach particles, and house dust mites. Allergy to these specific triggers can be assessed by skin testing or blood testing. Allergy to these triggers that may make up part of dust i...
The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
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