If your toddler is experiencing hay fever–like symptoms in the autumn and winter, it could be that they have a dust allergy caused by dust mites. These tiny critters love humid, warm places where humans shed their skin cells and sweat, so your home provides the perfect environment. Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg explains why we react and what we can do to help.
“A dust mite allergy is a reaction to proteins in the excretion of the dust mites,” explains Max. When the allergenic proteins are breathed in or make contact with the skin of an allergic person, their body reacts. An allergic reaction is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to an otherwise harmless substance. The body reacts by producing excess histamines – causing wheezing, sneezing, runny nose and soreness and redness of the skin and eyes.”
“Prevention is key with allergies. Here are some simple ways to minimise the allergens around you.”
“Use an allergen barrier balm around the nostrils and eyes to trap dust allergens. HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balm has been proven in university studies to trap dust allergens before they enter the body. And it’s suitable for children and breast-feeding women.”
Change and wash bedding regularly and use allergy friendly mattress covers and bedding. Keep cuddly toys and blankets in a cupboard. Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to remove dust allergens, and damp dust surfaces so that allergens are not redistributed into the air.”
“It may also be beneficial to install “Allergy Friendly” flooring and to consider using an air filter/purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the dust particles. Dust mites thrive in moist environments, so keep the humidity in your house between 40% and 20% to control allergens.”