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...
Allergy-related symptoms can occur after you are around mold, certain animals or animal hair, dust, and other substances. These substances are usually found indoors and do not cause symptoms for most people.
Indoor allergies; Pet allergies; Dust allergies; Mold allergies; Animal dander allergy
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
occurs when the immune system over-reacts to substances (allergens) that are usually harmless.
When a person with allergies breathes in an allergen, the body releases histamine and other chemicals as part of the immune response. This causes itching and swelling , mucus production, and in serious cases, hives and rashes , as well as other symptoms. Symptoms vary in severity from person to person.
Most environmental allergens contact the skin or eyes, or are inhaled. Therefore, most symptoms affect the sk...
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...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.