Do any of these sound familiar? Itchy, runny nose; chest congestion; persistent cough; burning red and irritated eyes; or feeling exhausted even though you've just woken up. It could be because you've been sharing your bed with unseen strangers better known as dust mites.
Approximately one third of the time is spent in bed. That's more than the time anywhere else in the home. But amazingly enough it's the place cleaned the least, if at all. Your bed provides a comfortable home to a variety of allergy-inducing bacteria and typically 1.5 to two million dust mites. The dust mites thrive there feasting on the dead skin you shed everyday. What's worse is that, their waste contains a potent allergen and the highest concentration of any of this is in the beds, beddings, pillows. If you also happen to be an asthma sufferrer, all of these irritants can create a problem with increased symptoms.
According to Dr. Manuel Po, dust mites are allergens along with animal danders, molds, insects (i.e. cockroach, mosquitoes, bees), pollens, grass, foods and drugs which can can cause allergic reaction. "Allergies occur because of an abnormal sensitivity to substances normally harmless to most people. These substances are called "allergens".
Dr. Po enumerates the various types of allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, skin allergy, asthma, food allergy, allergy to insect stings and anaphylaxis.
"Allergic rhinitis is caused by substances that we breathe. If left untreated, complications may arise, such as: sinusitis, ear infection (otitis media) and worsening or exacerbation of asthma. On the other hand, anaphylaxis is a medical emergency with symptoms such as feeling of warmth, flushing, tingling in the mouth or a red, itchy rash, feelings of light-headedness, shortness of breath, severe sneezing, anxiety, stomach or uterine cramps, and/or vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases, patients may experience a drop in blood pressure that results in a loss of consciousness and shock. Without immediate treatment with an injection of epinephrine (adrenalin), anaphylaxis may be fatal," explains Dr. Po.
To prevent environmental allergies and asthma, Dr. Po shares a few tips. "Reduce or prevent contact with those substance early in life to prevent or delay onset of allergic symptoms. Controlling exposure to dust mites is of big importance and you can do that by putting zippered plastic cover on pillows and mattresses, washing beddings in hot water every seven to 10 days, indoor humidity should be kept at 50 percent. Carpets, upholstered furniture and stuffed toys should be removed from the bedroom. There are no permanent care from allergies but its symptoms can be controlled."
Clean the unseen
There is also a new ally against deadly dust mites, allergens and other bacteria in the form of Raycop UVC Anti-Allergy vacuum cleaner. This proven and tested compact vacuum cleaner is now in the Philippines. It helps kill almost 94 percent of dust mites and 99 percent of bacteria including the dreaded H1N1 Influenza A virus.
The Raycop UVC Anti-Allergy Cleaner uses a patented three-step vibrating, sterilizing and double-filterning cleaning process to remove the bacteria. The vibrating pad first shakes the bacteria and dust mites form the fabric. Then, a powerful UVC sterilization lamp takes over by killing these dangerous baceria, dust mites and virus. Lastly, the Raycop UVC Anti-Allergy Cleaner's powerful vacuum sucks the dead dust mites and bacteria and then traps them using a Micro Allergy Filtration system to make sure they don't re-enter the room and land again on any fabric.
This cleaning device is designed for use in homes, office, hotels, lodges, or just about any structure where there are beds, linens, sofas, curtains, futons, cribs, beddings, pillows and other type of funishings that use fabrics. These are microscopic allergens, bacteria and the dreaded dust mites that attack both adults and children usually stay deep beneath the fabric, and cannot be removed by mere shaking.
The Raycop UVC anti-allergy cleaner is available at Rustan's Department stores, S&R, Landmark, and soon at Wilcon Builders (Libis, Quezon City), and Abenson's Department stores. For more information, visit www.raycop.com.