The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Odactra, the first allergen extract to be administered under the tongue (sublingually) to treat house dust mite (HDM)-induced nasal inflammation (allergic rhinitis), with or without eye inflammation (conjunctivitis), in people 18 through 65 years of age.
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're one of the millions of Americans with a dust mite allergy. But how well do you know these microscopic creatures? Here's a look at some common misconceptions about dust mites and dust mite allergy.
We spend approximately one-third of our time in the bedroom. Dust mites and mold – both of which are common indoor allergens – thrive in furniture, carpets and bedding. They love moisture! You can reduce these allergens by taking some simple steps, including regular cleaning and using CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products.
Dust mites and mold are a big problem for me when traveling, especially in Europe, so I travel with a large plastic drop sheet (the light type painters use) to wrap around a hotel mattress if it looks as if it might harbor dust mites, and have an inflatable pillow. It is very stressful to always be on the alert for asthma and allergy triggers. Too many times have I stayed in a hotel and ended up spending the night in the bathroom because the AC filter had not been changed in aeons and it was...
When you lay your head on your pillow at night, all you want to think about is comfort – not millions of dust mites. And if you have a dust mite allergy, having all those microscopic insects near your head can make you uncomfortable by triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. You can create a healthier sleeping environment by using pillows that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Or you can cover your existing pillow in a CERTIFIED pillow cover.
Frequent sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness are the most telling signs of poor sleep hygiene according to the National Sleep Foundation. Sleep disturbances are commonly reported by people with asthma, eczema and allergies.
Marcia, that's a great question. I think that the replacement will help other things -- like the structural integrity of the pillow. After two years of sleeping on something like a pillow, it may not be offering you the best night's sleep.
The bedroom should be kept allergen and asthma trigger free. It may be difficult, but it is important to try! When we are lying down, our breathing problems often worsen. That is why we should have a clean and safe bedroom. We do need to get a good night of rest!
In a joint effort to educate consumers about bedroom allergies and allergen-reduction solutions, Protect-A-Bed and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) have partnered on a national campaign to raise awareness of household allergens.
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month . Since your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, this month is a good time to make sure you are taking the right steps to create healthier air in your home. Your home should be a haven for you and your family. But unfortunately, it may be filled with allergy and asthma triggers that can impact your health. Common allergens found in homes include animal dander , dust mites , pests , pollen and mold . Common irritants found in homes...
Flowers, candy, perfume and candles may be common gifts for Valentine’s Day. But if you give them to your loved ones with asthma and allergies, you may give them something you didn’t plan on – triggers that cause symptoms. Instead, give non-traditional asthma and allergy friendly gifts.
This is great to know about when considering future cleaning at home. I am also interested in how to use quality essential oils in laundry loads and as a diluted spray to help minimize dust mites. I have read on numerous sites that oils such as peppermint, lavendar, and eucalyptis have shown promising results when stored and used correctly and in minimal amounts so as not to be an irritant. By chance have any companies such as Do Terra or others that make essential oils applied to be tested...
Remember “Borax”? Grandma loved it, & it’s still around (check grocer, or local hardware.) A quarter cup per load, kills mites in laundry! It is an excellent cleaner & polisher of nearly everything, read the box. I use a teaspoon in bottom of dishwasher loads to rinse more thoroughly. Remember to use as little soap as possible, to protect our water supply. Usually a quarter to half what is called for, is plenty of soap to get the job done. Try using less toothpaste too, about 1/4 of...
Thank you, and also thank you to the other individual that reminded me of Borax too; it sounds familiar. I definitely agree with using as little soap as possible too; plus it saves money when we don't add a washer pod to our washing machines when it doesn't do much of anything anyway! Yes. I am glad to hear that essential oils are used by some members and, as I learn more, I will be glad to post about this with links etc. within the awareness that I am sure everything I read about their use...
All vacuums have the same basic purpose: to remove debris like dust, dirt and pet dander from your floors and furniture. But not all vacuums are the same. Some vacuums actually fill your air with the particles and allergens you are trying to remove. If you have asthma and allergies, you need a vacuum that will contain allergens as it removes them to help you keep a healthier indoor environment.
I just ordered a new mattress encasement (zippered) and 2 pillow encasements from AAFA's list here-- my old-one's zipper broke (it was not one from aafa's list and it was kinda cheap and had a plastic-y feel and was tough to clean) so that is why this time I wanted an AAFA certified one. I cant wait for it to come!
Great Valentine's Day Tips! 💖💘💓💌 Yes. Be thoughtful and have a healthy holiday! A book of poetry and a cozy blanket that is safe would be great! A nice mug and a box of herb tea. A sweater that is safe to wear. A pair of slippers is always nice and comforting! For folks that are home bound, how about an adult coloring book and some colored pencils? A nice picture frame that has a picture of you and your sweetie in it! Have a Happy Valentine's Day! 😍
I love those ideas, AAFA and Deb! There are so many cool (non-traditional) gift options out there that can be fun to celebrate and dont bother asthma/allergies: video games, board games, DVDs, or books also make great gifts.
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