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Allergies, Asthma, Insomnia, Dust & Your Mattress

Did you know bed bacteria has now been linked to cot death?

Further, did you know each time you move on your bed, bacteria, dust mites, micro maggots and the allergenic excrement they produce are churned up and inhaled or blown into your mouth, nose, eyes and skin; hence the common early morning symptoms of dry mouth, sneezing, coughing, sore red eyes, itchy skin and runny nose… yes, I was grimacing at this point as well.

Considering we spend one third of our lives in bed

it’s not surprising that dust mites thrive there; they eat your dead skin, you see. Up to 2,500 mites have been counted in ONE gram of dust. That equals more than 1 MILLION mites in a queen size mattress!

And let’s not mention what else is in the dust… all right, we will . Recent studies have found that common household dust contains a mixture of pesticides, heavy metals, flame retardants, solvents and hormone disrupting chemicals. Together these form an invisible toxic hazard that scientists have only just begun to study, but already are concluding that, for health’s sake, we need to drastically reduce our exposure.

So, how unhygienic is your bed?

For the non-allergic and respiratory healthy amongst us, this insight into our bed companions is unpleasant. However if you are one of the many with allergies and/or breathing problems, this discovery may be the break through you’ve been waiting for. Why? Because it indicates that much of your suffering is less to do with your  health than it is the ill health of your mattress.

Research suggests children who sleep on old mattresses during the first year of life are more at risk of developing breathing disorders such as asthma. A study by The University of Auckland showed that wheezing at ages 3.5 and 7 years was more common in children who slept on a used mattress in the first year of life.

Considering we moult a bathtub of skin and sweat hundreds of litres while sleeping every year, leak urine (and other fluids), and yes, admit it, sometimes go to bed without washing, it should be no surprise that our mattresses are rather toxic places.

Mould spores

Other allergens, while less repugnant than the creepy dust mite, are being found to cause equally serious problems. For example, it has long been known that the spores of certain fungi–particularly the types commonly known as molds–can trigger allergic reactions. But just how prevalent such problems may be is only now becoming clear.

Even older studies revealed the presence of a fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus) within test mattresses; a potentially pathogenic mould to humans that produces pneumonia like disorders upon inhaling spores. This particular study ended with the warning: “Relatively large numbers of fungal species, represented by large numbers of spores, are present in mattress materials…” *

Mould, like the dust mite, favours the mattress as a domicile because of what we provide to it; sweat. That’s right, every night the average adult will perspire up to a litre of moisture into their mattress, and although much of this will evaporate enough remains for mould to germinate; a fact even truer in high humidity zones.

The problem with the solutions

Although solutions have been attempted (e.g. rubber mattress covers, steam cleaning), tests have shown these are only partially effective (as little as 10% effective). Steam cleaning a mattress even exacerbates the mould problem; although lethal to dust mites, the mould thrives further in the extra moisture.

Some solutions have focused efforts elsewhere to eradicate the problem, the carpet for example. Yet latest studies reveal that the carpet is not the source of our growing respiratory health problems. Instead the carpet acts like a filter, trapping dust and toxins that would otherwise continue to float about in a home with hard surface floors. These dust toxins can then be removed by suitable cleaning.

Yet research into the mattress as a core problem area has largely been neglected–Until now.

Now new technologies, products and processes are set to eradicate the toxic mattress dilemma

Through a process of extraction, intense UV irradiation, and application products designed to prevent dust-mite reappearance and neutralise mould spore germination, the bed may again soon become the place it was always meant to be: A Safe Place To Sleep.


How To Treat Allergies

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Allergies Type 5

Allergies Type 5 is also called stimulatory allergy.Instead of the antibodies binding to the cell components as they do in type 2 allergies the antibodies bind to the receptors on the surface of the cells.This binding to the receptors will stop or slow down the signals transmitted between cells.This is a minor difference between allergies type 2 and allergies type 5 and is mainly used in Britain to distinguish between the two types.

Two example of Allergies Type 5 are Graves Disease and Myasthenia Gravis.

Graves Disease is an enlarged thyroid gland or goiter, which may be seen as a swelling in the neck, and a condition called Exophthalmia (protruding eyeballs, one or both eyes).The tissue behind the eyes becomes swollen, causing the characteristic bulging eyes.The thickening of the skin, described as orange peel is usually observed on the legs.The orange peel effect is caused by the inflammation of the cells under the skin.

Symptoms include increased appetite with a weight loss, fatigue, excess sweating, heat intolerance, and trembling hands.This disease is likely to occur eight times more often in women than in men.It is speculated that there may be a genetic cause for Graves Disease but no evidence of a genetic defect has been found.

Myasthenia Gravis is a disease that causes muscle weakness and is caused by antibodies circulating in the blood stream blocking the receptors on the muscle cells.The muscle weakness increases during periods of activity and gets better after resting.Muscles that control the eyes and facial area are usually affected first and show up as a difficulty in swallowing and slurred speech and a weakness of the eye muscles.In sever cases the muscles that control breathing are affected and assisted ventilation is needed to maintain life.
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Eye Allergies Symptoms

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Allergies To Cats How To Be An Allergy-Free Cat Owner

Can you own a cat if you have an allergy to them? Or do you just have to put up with a constant runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing if you want to hang out with your feline friend? Allergies to cats can be frustrating, especially if you are a cat lover!

It is possible to minimize your allergy reactions, if not rid yourself of them completely. There are steps you can take in your home as well as natural remedies to help. It’s even possible to find a breed of cat that won’t make your nose itch! Taking these simple steps can really help you on your way to becoming an allergy free cat owner.

Do You Have A Cat Allergy?  Allergy Cause & Symptoms

As I’m sure you’ll agree, cats are really the most amazing beautiful animals and no house can be considered a home without at least one of these furry free-loaders to share it with.

But what if you are allergic to cats? What if they make you sneeze, sniffle and drip all year long? Other symptoms include:

– red, itch, or swollen eyes
– itchy or stuffed up ears
– coughing and wheezing

I am one of these people and I’m not alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, at least 50 million Americans have the same problem. In fact between 2 and 15 percent of the world’s population is allergic to cats – quite a large number!

Previously it was thought that the cat hair itself was the culprit, but the allergen actually originates in the oil glands in the skin and saliva, as well as in the hair roots, dander, mucous, urine and faeces. When a cat washes itself, the saliva coats the dander (or dead skin cells) on the fur which then dries and floats into the air and sticks to everything. Even a cat owner visiting your home will bring these allergens with them. Airborne allergens are pretty much everywhere, and almost impossible to avoid!

So what do you do? Many people will either choose to forgo being a cat owner, or decide to just put up with the allergy even though this can make life quite difficult sometimes. However there are some things you can do to control the allergy so you can enjoy your cat’s company in your house.

Managing Your Allergy  Conventional And Alternative Treatment Options

Conventional treatments include the following:

Allergen Immunotherapy – Basically this is an “allergy shot”, a course of regular injections of the allergen itself to build up the body’s tolerance so that eventually you no longer react to the allergen in the environment. A long rather expensive process and not too appealing to those who dislike needles!

Medication – Decongestants, antihistamines, corticosteroids etc. Lots of these medicines around, many of which you can get over the counter. Not a bad way to go, but there are side effects as well as the cost of the medicines.

Some Alternative Treatments:

Acupuncture – Said to be very effective for treating allergies, this technique involves fine needles which are inserted at various points on the body to stimulate the nervous system which in turn releases certain chemicals in the body to help regulate antigen-antibody reactions.

Acupressure – Involves stimulation of exact pressure points to manipulate and stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body and release any blockages which may be causing diseases, including allergies. No needles and you can keep your clothes on!

Herbal and Dietary Supplements – Lots of different herbs and preparations are available in health shops which can either help manage the allergy symptoms or claim to cure them. The advantage here is these don’t come with the side effects of conventional medicines, but then again there is no guarantee of their effectiveness either. It’s worth talking to a health professional to find out which would suit you best.

Treatments Books – There are many books and courses that can advise you on how to naturally treat your allergies, so it’s worth shopping around to find a good one. Here’s one that specializes in natural allergy and asthma relief.

Cure Your Cat Allergy Without Drugs  Get Your Free Allergy Relief Kit

If you would like to completely cure your allergies once and for all, using completely natural methods, I highly recommend you read the phenomenal book Allergy Relief Revealed.

In this book you get equipped with all the knowledge and tips to deal to annoying allergies once and for all, so you can get back to hugging your pets without sneezing!

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Treating The Home For Allergies  It Can Make A Big Difference To You & Your Pet

As well as treating yourself, you can also look at things you can do in your own home to lessen the effect of the allergy. For example:

Carpets – Ideally you won’t want to have any carpet at all, as cat dander collects in the carpet and is quite difficult to remove fully, even if you vacuum a lot. Other flooring options which are better suited are polished wooden floors, ceramic or vinyl tiles or lino.

If you absolutely have to have carpet it’s probably a good idea to get them steam cleaned at least every couple of months. This is what I do as I live in a rental property. I’ve also recently purchased a Dyson vacuum cleaner which comes with a HEPA filter. This apparently removes 99.97 percent of all particles 0.3 microns or larger. Although cat dander can get smaller than this, it still gets up most of it and have noticed a HUGE difference just from using this.

Cleaning – Dust, dust and more dusting! No excuses any more, all surfaces get dusted in my house at least once a week.

Washing – Regularly wash your cat’s bedding, or any rugs she sleeps on as well as any toys she plays with. Of course there are some people that regularly wash their cat too, but I’m not game enough to try this!

Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds  Do They Exist?

While scientists are busy working on designing a truly hypoallergenic cat (yes, it’s true! – see Allerca), it is possible to choose a cat breed that produces fewer allergens. These are:

Sphynx Cats – These very unusual looking cats (think Mr Bigglesworth in Austin Powers!) are not actually hairless but are covered in a fine down that gives them a suede-like texture. They still produce allergens but because they don’t have a coat like regular cats, dander doesn’t cling to them as much. They do need to be bathed though, and they do get cold very easily!

Oriental Shorthair – Very sleek and elegant looking , these cats have a silky fine coat that lies close to the body. Similar in appearance to a Siamese, this breed originated in Thailand and they are very affectionate and talkative. They will need to be brushed regularly.

Cornish Rex – Another outgoing and playful breed, these cats are almost shed-free, so they don’t leave much in the way of allergen-covered fur all over the house. They have an unusual wavy look to their coats, which feels a bit like velvet as it is very short and soft. Again, these cats will need to be bathed because of the oily secretions which build up on the coat.

Allergies in Children

This lense is a description of some of the things I have personally been through with my own grandchildren with allergies and asthma.

There are a variety of things that can cause allergic reactions

I personally never realized how severe allergies can be and the wide variety of things that can cause severe reactions if not treated. Allergies can be seasonal,indoor,outdoor or food related.The only sure way of knowing what you are allergic to is through allergy testing.These tests can be done by testing the blood for allergic reactions or through a test where they put a small amount of different allergens under the skin to see any reactions.

I first came in contact with allergy testing when my grandaughter had to be tested because of being constantly congested and chronic diahhrea. Turns out she had several different allergies seasonal and food related.The results of her allergy test showed that she was allergic to every tree and grass that grows in the state of Florida as well as all food except beef and potatoes. Although she has since outgrown a lot of her allergies she still has to take allergy medicines to help control the symptoms. They do make special drinks for children who have severe food allergies however we were not very successful in getting her to drink them.So basically we have to try to keep her away from alot of foods that she is most allergic too and always keep benadryl on hand for any reaction she may have.

My 2 middle grandchildren have primarily seasonal allergies. They are both constantly checked by doctors and do have the occassional asthma attack. We have to have nebulizers in our home and at there worst flareups the boys have had to have as many as 4-6 breathing treatments per day. Although I hate having to give children a lot of medications the boys have to stay on daily treatment for their allergies. The medication that seems to work the best is Singulair and is a daily treatment to help control symptoms.

This brings me to my youngest grandson who was constantly congested from birth. It turns out he has a very severe milk allergy. We found this out through a blood test when he had to have surgery to have his adenoids removed at 11 months old. He is not only allergic to lactose he is also allergic to the animal protein found in milk. Little did we know we now have to read all food labels to make sure there are absolutely no hidden milk products in any food he or beverage he consumes.You would be surprised to find out how many hidden milk products are in the foods we consume.

Allergic reactions can range anywhere from congestion to death if not treated quickly enough.

Singulair concerns

I have to tell you I am very concerned with the latest findings on a widely prescribed medicine called singulair. I know all drugs have side effects but it would seem to me they would have more facts on allergy drugs used on children before using them. The reason I am so concerned is that my three grandsons have all been on singulair for quite some time now. I was definitely not pleased about the possibility that this drug can cause strokes, migraines and various other problems.With the technology we have today there is no reason that my oldest grandson has been on singulair for in excess of three years and now they come out with these findings.

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