Top 5 Allergy Relief Products
There are many types of allergy relief products on
the market. Some are remarkable for how effective they can be in bringing relief
to allergy sufferers. Some excel at reducing the amount of cash in your pocket
much not much else. If you want the largest amount of improvement in your
allergy symptoms then focus on these top performing allergy relief products.
#1 Denaturing Sprays
Allergic reactions are as case of mistaken
identify. The immune system fails to identify properly an otherwise benign
(harmless) protein. This protein might be from a grain of pollen, the body or
feces of a dust mite, or the saliva from a furred animal. No matter the source
of the protein, the reaction is the same. Just ask anyone with allergies; they
will tell you it is not pleasant. The good news is that proteins can be
neutralized. Scientists call this process “denaturing” a protein.
Denaturing is changing the amino acid structure of
the protein. Because the structure has been changed, the immune system no longer
sees this as a problem protein. It is like a cloak of invisibility over the
protein from the point of view of the immune system.
Allersearch Laboratories is the leader in the
research and production of denaturing agents. They manufacture two sprays. Both
denature but do it in different ways, so you can choose the allergy relief spray
that is right for your situation.
#2 Allerpet Coat Conditioner
If you are allergic to furry animals, it is not
the fur or skin that causes the problem. The allergen is a protein found in the
saliva and urine of the animal. Each time the animals grooms or empties its
bladder, bits of this protein adhere to the fur and skin where it dries up. Once
dry, the protein will flake off and become airborne so it is easily inhaled.
Washing the animal will temporarily remove the protein, but as soon as the
animal licks or urinates, the protein will be back.
The Allerpet coat conditioners gently and safely
remove the problem-causing protein and have a residual denaturing affect as
well. Regular use of the product will reduce the animal allergen in your home.
#3 Dust Mite Proof Bedding
Doctors may disagree on many allergy relief
products. The one thing in which they all agree is that zippered dust mite proof
bedding is your first line of defense if you have dust mite allergies. The
zippered covers provide a barrier between you and the millions of
allergy-causing particles in your mattress and pillow. They are made with
special microweave fabrics or fabrics coated with special backing to prevent
exposure to dust mite allergens.
The mattress and all pillows should be encased in
these special zippered covers. In addition, pillows, duvets and featherbeds made
of feathers should be removed from the bed. If you prefer the feel of feathers,
down alternatives are available and if you like the warmth of down you should
consider substituting with wool. Feathers themselves can cause allergic
reactions and the barbed quills on feathers and down make them difficult to
effectively encase for long period of time.
information on allergy bedding.
#4 Laundry Care
Even if you have zipped up your mattress, pillows,
and duvet in dust mite covers you still need to pay attention to your sheets,
pillowcases, and blankets. The bedding on top of should be washed every 7 days
in 140°F water. Most residential hot water heaters are not set this high for
safety reasons. Water hot enough to kill mites and denature their proteins is
hot enough to scald and burn your skin. In addition, high temperatures weaken
the fibers used to make your bed linens and thus constant washing in water this
hot will shorten the life of your linens.
Alkaline Laboratories and the Allerpet company
both make products to eliminate allergens from your bedding. If you use one of
these special detergents or laundry additives, you can safely wash in cold or
warm water. It is still important that bed linens be washed weekly so that
allergens do not build.
#5 HEPA Air Cleaner
A filter that is properly sized for your bedroom
can provide you with clean air while you sleep. This is imperative so that your
body can recover nightly from the stress of the day. HEPA stands for high
efficiency particulate air. It is a measurement that means 99.97% of particles
as small as 0.3 microns are arrested (captured) by the filter.
There are many makes and models on the market.
Because a good air cleaner is an investment in your health, you want to make
sure that you get the proper size for your bedroom. The most common mistake in
purchasing an air cleaner is to get one too small for the room in which it is
To determine the proper size, measure the volume
of air in the room (length x width x ceiling height) and divide this by the
amount of air moved by the filter. Each manufacturer will have a rating for
their motor expressed in cubic feet per minute of air moved. This calculation
will give you the amount of time for one air exchange. You want a minimum of 6
to 8 air exchanges per hour for effective relief.
While there are many more allergy relief products available, if you start with
these you will be on your way to allergy relief.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store