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by Wendy Stackhouse · July 25, 2014

Allergic to Dust Mites? There's a shot for that!

Nobody likes needles, but if you are allergic to dust mites, there is not much you can do to get away from your allergy trigger. After all, dust mites are everywhere, in every pillow, every sofa, every upholstered chair, every curtain.

"Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a vaccine that can combat dust-mite allergies by naturally switching the body’s immune response. In animal tests, the nano-sized vaccine package lowered lung inflammation by 83 percent despite repeated exposure to the allergens, according to the paper, published in the AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) Journal. One big reason why it works, the researchers contend, is because the vaccine package contains a booster that alters the body’s inflammatory response to dust-mite allergens." University of Iowa

The health effects of dust mites are not limited to stuffy noses. Dust mite allergies can be severe and dust mites are also a trigger for potentially fatal asthma attacks.

The dust mite vaccine is unfortunately years from being used on humans--it needs more tests in the lab.

What can you do today to reduce the effects of dust mites?

At Alliance, we use high temperatures to kill dust mites, giving allergy and asthma sufferers a clean space in which to begin doing prevention measures like getting rid of carpets, replacing pillows, utilizing mattress covers, washing linens in hot water and drying in a hot dryer at least weekly, changing from drapes and curtains to Venetian blinds. ThemaPureHeat treatment will kill all the dust mites in your home--even in the sofa cushions--giving you the chance for a clean start to your new dust-mite-free lifestyle.

Read more about heat treatment for dust mites here and contact us for help!

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