Nearly 30% of the world’s population suffers from allergies, almost ten times more than in the 1960s. Allergies are ranked as the 4th most common chronic illness worldwide by the WHO. They estimate that by 2050, up to half of the population may be affected.
Frequent sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy, watery or red eyes, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing, fatigue and difficulty concentrating are the main symptoms of dust mite allergy. These inflammations can lead to asthma, conjunctivitis, rhinitis or eczema.
The environment we live in plays a significant role in explaining why the prevalence of allergic diseases has increased so much in such a short time. Our homes, which are modern and better insulated, are paradoxically more conducive to the development of allergens, particularly dust mites, because they are less ventilated and ever more heated. Sensitivity usually occurs when the concentration of dust mites reaches around 100 per gram of dust. Yet, half of people’s homes exceed this sensitivity threshold value.
Dust mites nest where humans live, as they feed on microparticles of skin and hair that we shed night and day. The bedroom and, in particular, the mattress, pillows and blankets are an ideal setting. Here, they have a warm temperature, plenty of dead cells, humidity and dark spaces. After just one week without washing, a pillowcase would contain up to 200 times more bacteria than the kitchen sink...
Getting rid of all dust mites from fabrics and living spaces is virtually impossible. Nevertheless their presence can be radically reduced! Laurastar’s Dry Microfine Steam (DMS) has proven to be an effective and natural way to disinfect all surfaces without the harmful effects of chemical products on our health and the environment.
DMS is a reliable alternative for disinfecting the home and textiles. It works gently and avoids the need to use chemicals.
Allergies have been on the rise for almost half a century and have become a global public health concern. Some treatments can alleviate or control symptoms, but it is high time to address the problem at its source.
Taking preventative action by preventing the proliferation of dust mites in our homes is becoming a necessity. With a few simple steps, natural solutions and common sense, allergies can be reduced.
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