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Alleviating the Problem

Researchers still disagree on the links between exposure to allergens early in life and the development of childhood asthma. However, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that reducing exposure to airborne allergens early in life can delay or even prevent allergy or asthma symptoms.

For example, the academy, a professional association of allergist/immunologists, suggests that the research is clearest on the potential links between dust mites and children with a high risk of developing allergies. The academy suggests using zippered, allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers to control dust mites. Indoor humidity should be kept below 50 percent, and bedding should be washed in hot water at least once a week. Removing carpets and upholstered furniture from a room can also help.

At Allergy Be Gone, our specialty is a product line for children and adults created to help minimize or alleviate exposure to allergens. For example, our line of premium-brand allergy bedding includes pillow and mattress encasings by Pristine designed to keep out dust mites and bed bugs. We also carry dehumidifiers and irritant-free laundry detergents.

While the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that keeping infants and children away from tobacco smoke is an obvious way to prevent environmental allergies and childhood asthma, the relationship between early life exposure to pets and the development of allergies is less clear. Some studies suggest links, and others suggest that early exposure to pets might actually protect children from developing allergies and asthma.

At Allergy Be Gone, we have included links to nonprofit associations and government agencies under our References section, which includes their reports and research findings. We also have included links to support organizations for allergy sufferers and caretakers.

Because we suffer from allergies, too, we are committed to sharing information and offering products designed to minimize exposure to environmental allergens. Stuffed toys, for example, can harbor dust mites. Allergists suggest picking toys that can withstand repeated washings in hot water.

Air filtration systems can help remove dust allergen particles, mold, animal dander and pollutants. Browse our collection of allergy window screens, furnace filters, air conditioner filters and air filtration products for cars. We carry top brands in home air cleaners and purifiers.

Allergy is the primary cause of asthma. About 90% of children under 10 who have asthma and 50% of adults over 30 with asthma also have allergies.

Page last modified: 10/02/14
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