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About allergies and dustmites

  1. 1. About Allergies and Dust MitesA common mistake made by allergy sufferers is to assume if you cant avoidall the allergens all the time, there is no point in trying to avoid any of them.But, according to allergy physicians, breathing in airborne allergens is acumulative problem.Think of your immune system as a bucket. It takes inallergens and starts filling up. Symptoms dontappear until your "bucket" begins to overflow.Thats when you become miserable. Allergyphysicians highly recommend environmental controlsto help you avoid enough allergens so thatyour "bucket" wont overflow. Whether youre allergicto one or several substances, successful avoidanceof even one of them can help reduce your allergenstress load.Lets say youve been diagnosed with dust miteallergies, one of the most common problems. Usingproducts such as dust mites encasement in yourmattress will reduce your exposure to dust miteallergen. Think about it. You wont be breathing ininvisible allergen all night, and you may wake up withno allergy symptoms. Plus the 8-10 hours of exposureto a allergen free environment will give your system achance to recover so that you can start the day withan "empty bucket." In fact, with conscientious,on-going avoidance measures, your "bucket" maynever overflow again! And wouldnt that be nice?www.healthpoint.hk ! email : kenneth@healthpoin.hk
  2. 2. The Bucket TheoryWalls of the bucket = Your immune systems capacityWater level in the bucket = Summation of your loadWater overflow = SymptomsMat under the bucket = Medications (Stress = Lowers walls of the bucket andincreases water level)Immunotherapy Raises the walls of the bucketAvoidance therapy = Allows less water into the bucketAvoidance should include not only the identified allergens, but also factorswhich may contribute to increasing your total load, i.e. environmental,physical, and emotional stresses.Your allergy load can be increased by exposure to several allergens in smallamounts, or a combination of allergens to which you are mildly allergic andsome to which you react severely.What are some things that will decrease my allergy load?1. Isolate the allergen or allergen producing item. For example, mattressencasings can keep you from coming in contact with dust mites, mold, andhouse dust.2. Remove the allergen or allergen producing items from your home andparticularly your bedroom. Any of the common allergens or other items thatbring on your symptoms should be taken from your breathing space.3. Ventilate to remove allergens or pollutants. This can be helpful to dilutetobacco smoke, odors, and chemical fumes. These should be avoided by thesensitive person.4. Filter allergens from the air. High performance HEPA air filters can removedust, pollen, and mold which all contribute to total allergy load. It can alsowww.healthpoint.hk ! email : kenneth@healthpoin.hk
  3. 3. provide a continuous supply of clean, allergen-free air for working andsleeping.5. Recognize the need to make your bedroom as allergen-free as possible.Breathing clean air all night gives your immune system an opportunity torecuperate from daytime exposures.6. Consult with your doctor about improving your nutrition.7. Lower your stress level. Stress lowers your resistance to allergenexposures.8. Get more rest.Where to begin with your allergen avoidance program1. Survey your home for any visible mold growth or any area with a mustysmell. Remove the mold with a non-toxic cleaner such as AURO .2. Use HYLA Water based cleaning system to vacuum your mattress.3. Cover your mattress and pillows with anti-allergen encasings.4. Remove pets from the home or at least from your bedroom.5. If you cannot remove carpet from your bedroom, treat with Miteout.6. Keep your bedroom as dust free as possible.7. Use a portable room HEPA air purifier in your bedroom or where you spendthe most time.Need Professional Assistance?Please feel free to call us at 3421 1585 or 9303 3748 now and see what wecan do for you.Kenneth Kong Dip. in AllergyKenlice (Hong Kong) Ltd.www.healthpoint.hk ! email : kenneth@healthpoin.hk