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Allergy Practice

      

Latex allergy is an allergic reaction to substances in natural latex. Rubber gloves are the main source of allergic reactions, although latex is also used in other products such as condoms and some medical devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Dust Mites Out: The Bedroom Battleground

When planning to battle the dust mite, we must concentrate on the area where our attack will be most effective. And that means protecting ourselves from the dust mite in our bedroom. It is a place where many of us spend much of our time, thinking we sleep safely and snugly—all the while not knowing what we may be actually breathing in! There are a number of things that can be done to decrease exposure to dust mites in the bedroom.

1.Place an impermeable dust mite encasing around the mattress , box spring and pillow. This type of encasing has vinyl on the inside and cloth on the outside to trap dust mites, but does not crinkle like plain vinyl. It also makes you sweat less than with plastic covers. One note of warning: Some  patients have reported dramatic improvements in their allergy and asthma symptoms after the placement of the dust mite covers on their beds, while others haven't noticed a significant improvement even after a few months. These can be bought at www.quorumallergy.com (1-800-501-5115), Shoppers Home Health Care (New St in Burlington is one).

2. Wash all bedding that is placed on top of these covered items in water over 130 degrees. If it is not practical to wash certain types of the bedding, like an expensive down comforter, placing it in a bag and putting in the freezer overnight is a good alternative.

3. Remove unnecessary objects from the wall and ceilings.

4. Keep stuffed animals to a minimum. If a stuffed animal can be washed weekly in hot water, then it's probably okay for your child to sleep with it. All others should be kept in a closed toy chest. Deep freezing stuffed animals overnight can also be tried.

5. Use window blinds that can be wiped rather than curtains.

6. Remove carpeting, if possible. If your children are allergic to dust mites, they should be encouraged not to play on carpets or try placing a cotton sheet on the carpet for babies.

7. Consider using products that kill dust mites, such as benzyl benzoate or tannic acid. These products have been shown to have some benefits in homes where there is wall to wall carpeting which can't be removed.

8. Regular vacuuming and cleaning. Hepa filters can be used.  

Although dust mites are everywhere, a few simple environmental measures can dramatically improve your allergy and asthma symptoms as well as decrease the amount of medication you may now require. Dust mite avoidance is the safest and among the most effective ways to treat allergies.

 

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Dust Mites

      are microscopic creatures that live in your bedding by the millions and cause allergies.