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WHY IS ALLERGY ?

 

HOW TO EXPLAIN YOUR ALLERGY TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY

 

There is little understanding in the general public about what allergy is and who has it. The biggest misconception: "everyone has a little allergy."

 

REAL ALLERGY IS NOT COMMON: Don't feel like you are a hypochondriac, and don't let anyone trivialize it !!   Significant  allergy exists in only 12-18% of the population. It is ironic people with true allergy are often thought to be weak or hypochondriacal, when just the opposite is true.

 

IT’S YOUR PARENT’S FAULT:  . If one parent has allergy, about forty percent of the children will probably have difficulty with allergy at some time in their lives. If both parents have allergy, the chances are extremely high, probably near 80%, that their children will have problems Allergy is an extremely effective antibody defense system. It involves an abundance of antibodies, not a deficit.  People with allergy have a hereditary tendency to make the allergic antibody in large amounts very specifically to certain pollens, molds, animal danders, and foods. Once stimulated and produced in response to exposure to one of these allergic substances, the antibody (lgE) has the peculiar ability to seek out and coat cells containing histamine in the nose, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. When re-exposed to allergic substances these cells (known as mast cells) rupture and spill out histamine and other irritating chemicals which produce the familiar allergic reaction 


Step 1: AVOIDANCE wash your hair at night

Avoidance is the ideal way to handle allergic problems if feasible. It's common sense - if you are not exposed, you have no need for anti-allergic drugs or allergy immunization to combat allergic sensitivities. Unfortunately, it is one of those “easy said -hard to do” propositions.

HAIR is a problem because it may attract a considerable amount of mold and pollen while you walk around during the day. This can be re-breathed throughout the night or rubbed into the eyes or nose as one sleeps. Some allergists suggest that hair be either washed or covered at bedtime. Especially in women with long hair. If washing or covering is not feasible, the second best choice is "damp mopping" the hair to remove at least the surface pollen.

AIR FILTERS stop the outside pollen from getting inside. The most effective filters employ an electrically charged grid which removes charged particles (pollen, mold spores, and animal danders) from the air by static electricity. These electrostatic filters come in several varieties, using charged plates, charcoal filters and paper filters to accomplish the cleansing process. Ask us for specific instructions – there is some question about their cost verus their return on investment





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Step 2: ALLERGY MEDICATIONS

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Housedust sensitivity is actually a sensitivity to the excrement of housdust mites

 Practical Guidance for Avoidance Menachem Rottem, MD Head, Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Emek Medical Center, Afula, Israel 8 May 2013 

M Rottem, House Dust Mites – Practical Guidance for Avoidance WAO Clinical Allergy Tips Copyright World Allergy Organization



The advice to reduce exposure is often accompanied by one of two reactions: "Our house is extremely clean" or "Nothing can be done to avoid house dust". There are three main measures that need and can be taken to avoid house dust mites: 1. Reduce accumulation of dust in general 2. Separate the patient from the dust 3. Decrease mites and/or their secretions

The 1st measure can be achieved by reducing furniture, clothing, carpeting, books, stuffed animals, and so forth, that are the growth environment for mites, especially in bedroom.


The 2nd measure can be achieved by using encasing especially for the pillow and mattress, so when the patient is in bed he or she avoids contact with the pillow or mattress where the mites reside. The patient should avoid direct exposure to air conditioning flow whether at home or in the car. Special micro-filters for air-conditioners can be helpful to avoid and reduce such exposure. Alternatively – you can freeze ( literally) small fuzzy toys for a day or so once a month to kill mites.


Toilet paper should be avoided to wipe the nose as these papers may be full of mites. Alternatively, one can use small tissue paper – preferably moist, or even a clean towel at home that can be washed later. Wiping dust with a moist towel instead of using a dry towel or broom is another helpful way to avoid exposure to a cloud of dust mites.


The 3rd measure is directed to reduce mites' burden when already present. There are 3 ways: ▪ Wash clothing and linen in the highest temperature possible. This measure should be performed regularly on anything that was lying in the cupboard for more than 2 weeks, especially between seasons; ▪ Use vacuum cleaners with High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Success will be reached only when implementing and using all means together.

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