Did you know…
Asthma attacks hospitalise someone every 8 minutes; 185 people are admitted to hospital because of asthma attacks every day in the UK (a child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack). (Asthma UK, 2017)
Allergies can be directly related to the type of lifestyle we lead – asthma is widespread and research shows that around 4.8 million people in England and Wales have asthma (asthma.org)
Research has also shown that dust mites can be a major trigger of asthma and allergies and estimates that these microscopic creatures may cause up to 80% of asthma attacks as well as countless cases of eczema. Humidity levels within a property are directly linked to the levels of house dust mites and dust mite allergens with these tiny creatures thriving and breeding in warmer humid temperatures.
Many people claim they are sensitive to dust within their home; however, often it’s the dust mites that are the issue.
Symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose and tight chest can indicate an allergy to dust mites or even asthma.
How to reduce dust mites?
We can clean and clean and clean but we can never totally eradicate the house dust mite. Because the dust mite needs humid air and skin shed by humans and pets to thrive, it is impossible to totally eradicate the dust mite, but there are things you can do to reduce dust mites in your home.
Here are some tips to help reduce dust mites within your home:
- Install a whole house ventilation system to reduce the humidity within the property
- Wash your bedding weekly on a hot wash
- Clean your home regularly
- Remove clutter
- Vacuum regularly
Hay fever is an allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are inflamed, causing running at the nose and watery eyes. Hay fever can run in families and studies have shown that if you suffer from asthma, you are more likely to develop hay fever.
Symptoms of Hay Fever can be:
- Itchy nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy throat
- Blocked nose
These symptoms can be relieved by avoidance of the allergic triggers and the use of antihistamines, but there are other things you can do to reduce your suffering:
- On high pollen days, shower and wash your hair after arriving home and change your clothing
- Monitor pollen forecasts daily and stay indoors wherever possible when the count is high
- Avoid drying washing on a clothes-line outside when pollen counts are high
We are a nation of animal lovers; however, studies have shown that 10 % of us are allergic to household pets!
A pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva or urine. Signs of pet allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Some people may also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing and itchy skin like eczema.
If you do own pets there are still things you can do to help these allergies like:
- Avoid being around dogs and cats; if you have a pet at home, take specific steps to limit exposure
- Keep pets outside if possible and always out of the bedroom
- Wash pet bedding regularly on a hot wash
- Dust and pollen in a dog’s coat can also cause allergy symptoms. In those cases, the allergy is to dust or pollen, not to the dog.
- Give your dog a bath at least once a week as this can reduce airborne dog allergens
Ventilation can help!
Good ventilation within a home can help dramatically with a variety of allergies. With people spending up to 90% of their time indoors, bad indoor air quality can be detrimental to their health. VORTICE can offer a wide range of ventilation solutions, particularly whole house ventilation solutions which can supply a continuous source of fresh air into the property. This will help reduce the humidity levels within the home thereby stopping the dust mite breeding.