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q: what is the meaning of an allergic reaction?

q: what causes an allergic reaction?

q: which are the most common allergens?

q: what is a dust mite?

q: what can i do to reduce my contact with dust mites?

q: how can i control dust mites in my bedroom?

q: what is house dust?

q: how can i reduce my exposure to house dust?

q: where do pollen grains occur?

q: how can i reduce pollen exposure?

q: what is animal dander?

q: how do i reduce my exposure to animal dander?

q: can cockroaches produce allergens?

q: how can i reduce exposure to cockroach allergens?

q: what is mold and how does it grow in my home?

q: how do i reduce mold exposure in my home?

q: i have questions about asthma relief and sinus infections treatments?
q: does airfree remove or reduce dust?

 

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q: what is the meaning of an allergic reaction?

a: when one experiences an altered state of hypersensitivity resulting in an actual physical experience such as sneezing, watery eyes headaches, etc. 

q: what causes an allergic reaction?

a: overloading the immune system with too much allergy antibodies (ige) can cause allergic reactions, or by a direct sensitivity to medications, fumes or perfumes.

for example, pollen, molds and dust mites contain small foreign proteins, often referred to as allergens, which involves ige antibodies. whenever these allergens exist, the possibility for an allergic reaction to occur exists. any substance, which is able to induce a person to make an allergy antibody type of immune reaction, is referred to as an allergen.

q: which are the most common allergens?

a: allergy and asthma symptoms are most commonly found in the home and are caused by dust mites, molds, pollen, animal dander, insects and dust. the most common cause of allergies on earth is the dust mite.

q: what is a dust mite?

a: house dust mites are eight-legged, microscopically sized creatures, and called arachnids. they are close relatives of ticks, chiggers and storage mites. they thrive and multiply in warm, humid places. temperatures at or above 70 degrees f and relative humidity at 75-80% are ideal for mite growth. they die when the humidity falls below 40-50% and are rarely found in dry climates or at altitudes above 6,000 feet. it is the protein substance in the fecal matter and body parts of mites that cause allergic reactions.

q: what can i do to reduce my contact with dust mites?

a: if you keep carpets in your home, you can spray a tannic acid solution, ads spray, on them to break down mite allergens. this product can also be sprayed on upholstered furniture. it not only denatures mite allergens but also does the same on pollen, mold and animal dander. x-mitetm, another combative product, is a moist powder, which can be brushed into carpets, allowed to dry for three hours, and vacuumed up. it safely deactivating allergens created by dust mites, pets and certain pollens, while cleaning and refreshing velvet, velour, corduroy, carpets and other textile fabrics. frequent cleaning is important. remember, mites multiply and are constantly producing the fecal matter that causes your allergic reactions.

q: how can i control dust mites in my bedroom?

a: for your bed, there are washable zippered covers that can encase mites and the fecal material so it doesn't get into your breathing space. (please refer to our bedroom photo located on our home page).

  • your sheets and blankets should be washed in hot water to reduce mite population in textiles.
  • pillows of synthetic materials are better and even these should be encased with the zippered covers.
  • avoid using comforters and chenille bedspreads. remove stuffed animals, carpeting, knickknacks, books and other dust collectors.
  • pets should be kept out of your bedroom. remember, mites love to eat dander and skin flakes and pets produce both of these.
  • a dehumidifier can keep the relative humidity below 40% to deter mite growth. lower temperatures are also beneficial.
  • room air cleaners are helpful as they remove the airborne fecal material. these can operate around the clock to reduce your exposure.

hang clothes in your closet and keep the door closed, or put them in dresser drawers. remember, you want to reduce and dust producers or dust catchers.

q: what is house dust?

a: it is the result of the natural decomposition of the things we have in our homes plus that which infiltrates through cracks in doors and windows. its composition varies from house to house, but in general you may find textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, animal dander, human and animal hair, food leftovers, pollen grain, mold spores, bacteria, skin flakes, insulation, sand, and the most likely offender, the dust mite and its fecal material.

q: how can i reduce my exposure to house dust?

a: it is best for the dust sensitive person to not vacuum or dust. if one must do these tasks, wear a mask and use a vacuum cleaner with a high efficiency filter or 3mtm filtrete vacuum bag to reduce your exposure.

there are electrostatically charged cleaning cloths and mops, which attract and hold the dust to keep it from becoming airborne. using a damp mop on floors and wills can reduce dust levels. don't forget to clean bed springs, window sills, under furniture, venetian blinds, and other dust catchers with a damp cloth.

  • remove carpets and as many dust producing and dust catching items from your home as possible.
  • keep pets out of the house.
  • mattresses, box springs, and pillows should be encased with impermeable zippered covers.
  • keep clothing in drawers and closet doors closed.
  • vacuum frequently with a machine equipped with a high efficiency air filter, a hepa filter.
  • a high performance filter in the central air system can remove 90+% of the dust from the air as it operates.

q: does airfree remove or reduce dust?

a: airfree does not remove or reduce dust. what it does is to turn them into harmless particles. pets can cause problems to allergic patients in several ways. their dander, or skin flakes, as well as their saliva and urine, can cause an allergic reaction. the animal hair is not considered to be a very significant allergen. however, the hair or fur can collect pollen, dust, mold and other allergens. although most people believe they are allergic to an animal's hair, it is actually the allergens found in its dander, saliva or urine that is causing them to sneeze. airfree technology destroys any kind of airborne protein. mold, bacteria and viruses released from pets, are also destroyed by airfree. you can find more information about pet allergy in the document attached.

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