More people die each year because of asthma than cervical cancer and testicular cancer combined. Common allergens can be to seemingly harmless substances and include hayfever (allergic rhinitis), food allergies, pet dander and mould.
An allergy is a reaction the body has to a particular food or substance. Allergies are very common. They're thought to affect more than 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their lives. They're particularly common in children. Some allergies go away as a child gets older, although many are lifelong. Adults can develop allergies to things they were not previously allergic to.
One of the main triggers in aggravating asthma symptoms is the house dust mite and their droppings. Researchers estimate that these microscopic creatures may cause up to 80% of asthma attacks as well as countless cases of eczema.
Allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a particular substance as though it's harmful. When they come into contact with our skin or are inhaled, this can cause allergic reactions. As well as eczema, other dust mite allergy symptoms include watering eyes, itching, sneezing and a runny nose.
Dust mites thrive in humid conditions, as their only source of water is from the air. This means that if there are high levels of relative humidity in a home this is the perfect breeding ground for dust mite populations. The higher the humidity, the quicker they will breed.
Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties. It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults. There are different types of asthma;
There's currently no cure, so you can only treat asthma, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it does not have a big impact on your life. An asthma trigger is anything that irritates your airways and sets off your asthma symptoms, such as; exercise, cold air, pollution, stress and anxiety.
Some people may develop breathing problems from inhaling allergens. This is known as allergic asthma. It occurs when the airways swell as part of an allergic reaction.
In general, inhaled allergens cause allergic asthma. Some allergens that can cause this condition include:
The treatment for an allergy depends on what you're allergic to. In many cases, a GP will be able to offer advice and treatment. They'll advise you about taking steps to avoid exposure to the substance you're allergic to, and can recommend medicines to control your symptoms. Treatments include allergy shots, avoiding exposure, immunotherapy and anaphylaxis.
There's currently no cure for asthma, but treatment can help control the symptoms so you're able to live a normal, active life. Inhalers – devices that let you breathe in medicine – are the main treatment. Tablets and other treatments may also be needed if your asthma is severe.
Poor indoor air quality as a result of mould, condensation and damp can lead to respiratory infections and dermatological conditions.
Our products can help alleviate the symptoms of asthma and dust mite allergies by reducing the allergy triggers. Our ventilation systems can provide continuous all year round ventilation to reduce humidity levels within the home.
By controlling the substances that trigger asthma and allergies to between 45-60%, dust mites are less able to breed and the population will diminish, helping asthma and dust mite sufferers to breathe more easily.
Find out more about how ventilation can help alleviate the symptoms of asthma and allergies such as hay fever:
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