From a medical stand point

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Dust mites are the second largest source of allergies after pollen as they cause 44% of allergies.

Their inhalation is responsible for occurrences such as rhinitis, asthma and conjunctivitis.

A person with sensitive skins could easily have eczema (atopic dermatitis).

Even dead, a dust mite is allergenic.

The average allergy begins in presence of 100 dust mites per grams of dust.

What are the consequences?

Allergic rhinitis is defined by the World Health Organization as a chronic disease of the respiratory tract of non-negligible importance.

However, the importance of allergies is constantly minimized by governments and health care systems.

According to the estimation of the German society of allergist and Clinical Immunology, only 10% of patients with an allergy affecting the respiratory tract are properly treated. 40% of patients with untreated allergic rhinitis may develop allergic asthma.

Socio-economic impacts:

In addition medical over-consumption and generates additional costs, the negligence of these allergies also cause economic loss due to absenteeism related to allergy in the workplace and above all, due to the reduction of the ability to work and to concentrate both at work and at school.

As part of a process of desensitization with your doctor, it is common to draw up in advance a series of recommendations for limiting exposure to allergens. The subject of allergies is both vague and complex; there are also certain things to avoid in cases of respiratory allergies and your doctor will be able to inform you.

To avoid hay fever stay away from… tomatoes, potatoes, peaches! Seasonal allergies can be the manifestation of cross allergies between pollen and foods. This is a cross-reaction between the proteins in certain fruit, vegetables or nuts and that allergenic pollen. If you are allergic to the pollen of birch or alder, it’s better not to eat celery, apples or cherries.

Open your windows during the day!

This may seem surprising because opening a window is something spontaneous and even recommended to purify the house from dust mites. But if you suffer from an allergy to pollen, it is better not to open the windows during the day to prevent the pollen to enter and settle in your carpets and furniture. Ventilate your home of course but do it rather in the evening when the pollen has fallen.

Dry your clothes outside!

Again, the temptation is great to use a bright sunshine to dry your laundry outside instead of inside. Unfortunately, your clothes will dry in an environment filled with grains of pollen suspended in the air.