Treatment for House dust mite allergy in London
Sensitisation to dust mites has been demonstrated as an important risk factor for asthma. Asthma has increased in prevalence over the last years and the increase in the exposure to indoor allergens such as (house dust mite, pets and moulds) may be one of the contributing factors.
Perennial allergic rhinitis (hay fever) in the Northern Europe is frequently caused by sensitization to house dust mites.
Allergy is a reaction of hypersensitivity to proteins in the excretions of Dust Mite. It can be manifested in the form of rhinitis, asthma or both. In some cases sensitisation plays role in eczema and atopic dermatitis.
House Dust Mite is a microscopic creature, related to spiders and ticks that lives primarily in mattresses, pillows, duvets, carpets, etc.
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House Dust Mites Allergen Avoidance Measures:
Although it is impossible to completely avoid exposure to house dust mites there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to them:
•Use barrier materials to protect all mattresses and bedding
•Use bed sheets and blankets that can be washed at over 55°C as house dust mites are killed and the allergens destroyed at this temperature
•Reduce the amount of carpet in your home –vinyl or wood floors are much healthier alternatives for allergy sufferers. If you prefer carpet choose one with a short rather than deep tufted pile. Also consider man-made fibres rather than wool carpets.
•Don’t brush or shake rugs indoors as this creates airborne dust
•Vacuum thoroughly and regularly, especially under the bed ideally using a vacuum fitted with a special filter, which retains house dust, mites and their droppings. Reduce clutter – cut down on dust-gathering objects such as ornaments, books and wall hangings
•Choose lightweight curtains which are quick and easy to wash – and then do so regularly! Roller or vertical blinds are a good alternative
•Use a damp cloth when dusting- this will help reduce airborne dust
•Chemical acaracides (insect poisons) may help temporarily but the mites soon return
>How to measure the level of HDM at home
Many people with year-round allergies are sensitized to house dust mite allergens. Dust mites are one of the most important causes of allergy and asthma worldwide. They live in bedding, carpets and upholstered furniture and thrive in warm, humid conditions. However, not all homes contain dust mites.You can test dust samples from beds or carpets to check for mite allergens using the Ventia™ rapid allergen test. Ventia™ will show whether dust contains high, medium or low allergen levels in 10 minutes. The Ventia™ kit contains everything you need for two tests.
Products for patients with house dust mite allergy:
You can buy Ventia test on inbio.com: https://inbio.com/ventia
Desensitisation Immunotherapy to House Dust Mite:
We welcome new private patients and accept patients for continuation of their treatment who have started immunotherapy (allergy shots) in other counties the US, Europe mainland, Australia, New Zealand and are moving to the UK – London or nearby areas (We will need to contact your doctor who has started the treatment, subject to vaccine availability).