What is an allergy?
A defense reaction can cause damage to the tissues. That tissue damage is then the price that must be paid to neutralize the threatening factor from outside. In the case of an allergic reaction, tissue damage is more serious than the external factor, which is not actually a threat to the body. This can therefore be seen as an exaggerated reaction of the body to a certain substance, the allergen.
How does an allergy arise?
Is it serious and what can you expect?
When to the doctor?
What can you do about it yourself?
General advice and precautions
- Ensure that all bedding can be washed at 60 ° C. Wash the bed linen every week, duvets and pillows every six to eight weeks and the curtains at least once a year.
- Special house dust mite covers are available for mattresses, pillows and comforters. However, this has recently been shown to be the only measure, without further remediation adjustments, having insufficient effect.
- If possible, replace your child’s hugs with washable hugs. The house dust mite dies when washing at 60 ° C. Do not put plants in the bedroom, because they provide a lot of dust and moisture.
- For the floor, choose a smooth surface, so no carpet, but for example parquet, tiles, tarpaulin or laminate. These floors are easy to clean.
- Choose a smooth sofa made of (artificial) leather, for example, which contains as little dust as possible and take closed cupboards. A large amount of dust can accumulate in an open bookcase over time.
- Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible during the tree or grass pollen season to minimize indoor hay fever complaints.
- Airing at night or the use of mosquito-repellent insect screens also prevents the majority of pollen from blowing inwards.