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What Are HEPA Air Filtration Systems?

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 Ray Toofan (July 30, 2008)  HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air and HEPA air filters are used in a wide range of different appliances and devices in and around the home and office to reduce the number of pollutants in the air. Experts say that a HEPA filter will eliminate up to 99.97% of particles that are airborne and are 0.3 micrometers in diameter. This size of particle is thought to be the most .. (Allergies)

You Can Prevent Your Child From Developing Allergies

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 Bojan Schianetz (July 29, 2008)  Childhood allergies are on the rise, with 1 in 3 Australians expected to develop allergy. Lifestyle factors are believed to be a major contributor to this allergy explosion, which means that by making certain lifestyle changes, you can prevent or greatly reduce your child's risk of allergies. Mothers-to-be take note! Your diet and your exposure to toxins have been clinically proven to .. (Allergies)

Tight Chest, Runny Eyes, Itchy Nose? You Could Have a Cat Allergy!

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 Ian D Bramwell (July 28, 2008)  Can It Be Cured? In A Word, NO! But It Can Be Endured Learn More Below Instantly! You walk into a room and there it confronts you. The feline nightmare: Instantly panic strikes, your breathing is hampered and anxiety hits you as your eyes start to water. You've been hit by a cat allergy! These symptoms are by no means alone they have companions that cover a multitude of sins including .. (Allergies)

Worsening Allergies and Asthma As the Planet Heats Up

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 Bojan Schianetz (July 28, 2008)  There is now considerable scientific evidence that global warming is affecting our health. So what can you and I do about it? Global warming is already playing havoc with climate, causing shorter winters in many regions. That's great for cutting down heating bills, but for people who suffer from allergies, earlier springs mean earlier release of pollen into the air, which means more .. (Allergies)

Symptoms of Wheat Allergies

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 Tim Bock (July 27, 2008)  An allergy to wheat can be extremely frustrating. Since there are so many foods that contain wheat, it seems like your life could never be the same. Don't worry; this is far from the case. The first step is understanding the wheat allergy symptoms. Allergy to wheat symptoms include chest pains, dizziness and nausea, vomiting, bloating and skin rashes. It's also common to experience .. (Allergies)

Breathing Dirty Air Can Cause Serious Health Problems

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 Nick Marion (July 26, 2008)  You have probably heard that the air pollution problem is getting worse in the world. Trees are being cut and the addition of cars and large factories the air is becoming very polluted. However, did you know that the air inside your home is up to 10 times more polluted than the air outside. The reason for this is that the air inside your house has no way to get circulated around and .. (Allergies)

Common Allergies and Symptoms What You Can Do About Them!

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 S Millson (July 24, 2008)  Allergies are reactions that the body occurs when it encounters a substance that it is not used to. The substance, called allergens may be swallowed, inhaled, or may have come into contact with the skin. The body will normally learn to create a defense against allergies by coming into contact with them and then developing a defense against the underlying causes. There are many .. (Allergies)

Milk Allergies in Children A Guide

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 Tim Bock (July 22, 2008)  A milk allergy is caused by the body's response to a particular protein that's found in cow's milk. While there are many proteins that have been found to trigger an allergic reaction, Whey and Casein are the most common. Many times you can recognize the symptoms when the child is still an infant. Milk allergy symptoms in children include vomiting, diarrhea, hives bloating, gas, watery .. (Allergies)

Mold Allergy Symptoms and Treatments

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 James Conrad (July 22, 2008)  Contrary to popular belief, mold allergies are not very common. There are thousands of different types of mold out there. Of all these types, only a select few cause allergic responses. Mold, also referred to as fungus, grows in practically any type of weather, both indoors and outdoors. Mold allergies do not usually have a defined season such as pollen allergy, although quite a few .. (Allergies)

Common Allergies and Their Symptoms and Pathologies

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 Boris Chistyakov (July 20, 2008)  Nearly every person in the world is allergic to something - allergies are caused by your body's immune system being oversensitized to a common substance or irritant.   For most of us, this can be something like pollen or mold spores.   Common allergies and symptoms include hay fever (with scratchy, runny eyes), or more severe cases where people get so congested from inhaling pollen .. (Allergies)

Tips For Choosing the Best Air Purifier For Your Home

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 Bob Hughes (July 18, 2008)  Home air purifiers can be more than a small investment so you want to make sure you get the best air purifier for your situation. You might have different needs for each member of your family so you might end up getting a different type of air purifier for each room. While one type might be the best air purifier for one room or person, it might not be what is needed in a different room. . (Allergies)

Mold Allergy Relief

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 Tim Bock (July 18, 2008)  Mold can be found anywhere in the home. It's a fungus that millions of people are allergic to. Since it can be just about anywhere, many times it's hard to avoid it. It's usually found in trees, bathrooms, areas around a swimming pool or near any body of water. Mold spoors travel through the air. This is how they affect the nose and skin of unsuspecting people. Symptoms usually .. (Allergies)

Must Read Useful Supplements For Allergies

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  Digestive Enzymes These can help break down undigested food components such as proteins. They consist of hydrochloric acid and pepsin, normally present in the stomach, and pancreatic enzymes normally present in the duodenum and small intestines. An alternative is to eat more raw food, as the enzymes in the food will not have been destroyed by cooking. Probiotics These are a way of .. (Allergies)

How Chinese Medicine Views the Liver and Allergies

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) stresses that an allergy-free and healthy body often depends on a balanced liver. The liver, a yin organ, controls tendons, keeps the qi moving throughout the body, and stores blood. Its yang partner is the gallbladder, which stores and excretes bile, protects the nervous system from overreaction, and helps stabilize emotions. When the liver is .. (Allergies)

Tips on How to Allergy Proof Your House

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 Tracy Ma (July 17, 2008)  Early exposure to indoor environmental factors, such as dust mites, molds, smoke, formaldehyde from building materials, and high levels of radon, can act directly by blocking a person's airways or indirectly by causing sensitivities to allergens. By reducing exposure to air pollutants, the likelihood of developing allergies/sensitivities or suffering chronic allergic reactions can be .. (Allergies)

How to Get Rid of Allergic Dust Mites and Mould in Carpets

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  Wet Washing Domestic carpet washing machines may remove mites and allergen along with dirt, but may ultimately result in more mites as the water left at the base of the carpet pile or in the carpet underlay greatly increases humidity, thus encouraging mite numbers and the growth of mould. However, professional carpet washing is usually very efficient at removing the water used and the .. (Allergies)

Breast Feed Your Infant to Decrease Their Likelihood For Allergies

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  One of the best ways to decrease the likelihood of developing allergies later in life, according to most alternative medicine practitioners, is to feed an infant mother's milk. Breast-feeding builds a strong immune system equipped to deal with infection, environmental toxins, and food allergens. Nursing contributes to the child having fewer allergies. If babies are given anything other .. (Allergies)

What is the Relationship Between Our Allergy and Personal Care Everyday Products We Use?

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  Every day, millions of Americans are unaware that they are using potentially harmful ingredients on and in their bodies, all in the name of personal hygiene. Mouthwash, toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, shaving gels and creams, deodorants, feminine products, cosmetics, perfumes, and nail polishes all contain known environmental toxins and irritants. Among the most .. (Allergies)

Dangers of Conventional Allergy Treatment

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  Pharmaceutical medications are often the first step of allergy treatment in a conventional medical setting. However, research shows that antihistamines, cortisone, and other frequently prescribed allergy drugs have many adverse consequences. Antihistamines drugs, both topical and oral, are the most commonly prescribed and administered allergy medication. They block some if not all of .. (Allergies)

Facts of Celiac Disease Association With Allergies

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  Wheat is among the most common triggers of food allergy and sensitivity. People suffering from reactions to wheat or its constituent proteins gluten and gliadin often suffer from diarrhea, stomach pain, and other gastrointestinal discomforts. A condition called celiac disease is also characterized by intolerance to gluten and gliadin, found in wheat, rye, barley, oats; similar proteins .. (Allergies)

Tips and Facts on Grass Pollens Allergy

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  Pollens that are produced by grass are generally more common than tree pollens, and grass pollinosis (the technical name for hay fever) affects a larger percentage of the population than three pollinosis. The grass family (Poaceae) is extremely large, with more than 10000 species worldwide. About 1000 of these are distributed throughout the USA and only 400 in Europe. The grasses of .. (Allergies)

Tips on Clothes Cleaning For People With Allergies

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  For people with allergies, there are two main considerations when it comes to doing the laundry. The first concerns symptoms (respiratory or skin) that are made worse by contact with mite allergen; the second concerns eczema, dermatitis, or urticaria that caused or made worse by some washing products. House-dust mites can survive washing temperatures up to 56ºC/133ºF. Although the .. (Allergies)

What Causes Chemical Sensitivity in the Allergic?

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 Ken Phoenix (July 17, 2008)  How do people become sensitive to common chemicals? Scientists mostly agree that a two-step process, called “toxicant-induced lack of tolerance, " underlies chemical sensitivity, as well as other disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome. In the first step, indoor air contaminants, chemical spills, or pesticide applications cause certain susceptible people to lose their prior .. (Allergies)

Easy Sinus Infection Treatment

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 Quinn Nguyen (July 16, 2008)  If you have a headache or feel pressure in your eyes, nose, or cheek area, you probably have a sinus infection (sinusitis).  This type of malady occurs when an allergy or even mere exposure to cold or polluted area irritates the mucus membranes inside your nose and sinuses and causes them to be inflamed.  If you are sitting at home and feeling such discomfort, you may need an easy .. (Allergies)

7 Tips on How to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

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 Alan Kenyon (July 16, 2008)  Did you know that air pollution levels within the modern home can be two to five times greater than the levels outside. Combine that with the fact that the typical person can spend up to ninety percent of their time inside, it will come as no surprise that the term Sick Building Syndrome has become a new byword in the English language. Unlike outdoors, inside air is recycled repeatedly . (Allergies)

Eye Allergy Treatment

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 Tim Bock (July 16, 2008)  Eye allergy problems can affect just about anyone. No one enjoys dealing with symptoms of itchy, swollen, watery eyes. Not only does it affect people while they're trying to work, but it's also hard to relax under these conditions. What are the causes of an eye allergy? They can be caused by allergens that are airborne. Most people tend to be allergic to grasses, dust, pollen, ragweed .. (Allergies)

How to Avoid Allergy Outbreaks

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 Lauren S Johnson (July 16, 2008)  Almost twenty percent of Americans suffer from allergies. An allergy reaction is an abnormal response set off by the immune system due to a specific substance in the environment. Some key allergy triggers include, pollen, animal dander, dust mites, mold, food, and bug bites. So what can we do to minimize our chances of getting an allergy outbreak? Well, if you suffer from pollen .. (Allergies)

Sinus Infection Treatment 101

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 Quinn Nguyen (July 13, 2008)  Do I have what it takes to give you the advices for sinus infection treatment? Read my story and decide it for yourself. I have suffered sinus infection problem ever since I was a kid. At first, I thought it was just a common cold which can be treated with over the counter drugs or a bottle nasal spray. You guessed it, I was completely wrong over the whole notion of common cold. The .. (Allergies)

Natural Allergy Cure That Works Our House

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  Apparently I inherited the “allergy genes" passed onto my mom from my granddad; some of the allergies and symptoms that we suffer are almost identical. Being fearful (sometimes legit, sometimes not) of the side-effects that allergy medicine brings, one of the critical things my granddad did was to control the environment that he was living in for one his natural allergy cures. .. (Allergies)

Food Allergy 101

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  Foods that trigger allergy: avoid them Ninety percent of all food allergies are accounted for by just eight foods. They are eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, soya, gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts (for example, walnuts or almonds). Typically it is the protein component of a food that triggers the allergic responses. However, there are foods and beverages that we do not typically think of as .. (Allergies)

Mind Body Therapies Promising Natural Approaches

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  Stress is definitely a fun-killer, especially for people suffering from allergies and asthma. Stress acts as a double poison as it places our body in a state of alarm, - the so-called fight-or-flight response; it also increases production of the allergy anti-body immunoglobulin E (IgE), which results in increased sneezing and wheezing. In extreme cases, the stress can even increase a .. (Allergies)

Herbal Allergy Relief

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  Plants and herbs not only offer us vitamins, minerals and trace elements, they also provide phytonutrients (phyto=plant) that are found in plants and herbs to protect the plant from its environmental predators: sun damage, pests and toxins. It is these phytonutrients that make certain vegetations great plant and herbal allergy relief products. Scientists have been able to use plants .. (Allergies)

Anti Mite Barrier Covers

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  Barrier covers are a proven method of avoiding exposure to mite allergen. One cover fits beneath the bottom sheet, enclosing the entire mattress, while others fit between the pillows and pillow cases and between the duvet and its cover. All bedding needs to be covered - it is simply not worth covering the mattress alone. Ideally, fit barrier covers on a new mattress and bedding before .. (Allergies)

Pillows, Bedding and Bed Linens

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  Within 12 months from new, a pillow will have increased in weight by 10 percent due to the presence of mites, mite droppings, and skin scales. In the past it was recommended that feather or down pillows and duvets should be replaced with synthetic bedding termed “non-allergenic" or “hypo-allergenic". However, there is conflicting evidence about which type of filling is best .. (Allergies)

Food Allergy 100 History

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  How allergic reactions develop When you first ingest a potentially allergenic food, you might not exhibit symptoms, but your immune system mistakenly prepares to protect you against it. The next time you eat that same food your body releases chemicals that cause symptoms such as eczema or even life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis. Food allergies usually begin in childhood and . (Allergies)

Using Garlic and Goldenseal Against Allergies

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  Garlic (Allium Sativum) One of the least expensive yet most effective ways to deal with parasites is to use an extract of garlic. Raw garlic and garlic extract have been shown to destroy common intestinal parasites, including roundworms and hookworms. According to Chinese research, in the treatment of 100 cases of amoebic dysentery, the cure rate with garlic was 88%. The study found the . (Allergies)

Asthma and Allergies Connection Between the Two?

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  A lot of people who suffer from asthma also suffer from allergies, and the allergies are usually playing a part in causing the asthma. Children are especially prone to this pattern: about 90% of asthmatic children are allergic to something, and that is either the main cause of their asthma or a critical contributor. However not all asthma is associated with allergy. In particular, .. (Allergies)

Allergy Fabric Choices

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  There are three categories of fabrics available: natural; synthetic; and natural/synthetic mixture. Each may represent a problem to an allergy sufferer. Natural fabrics Simply because a fabric is “natural" does not necessarily mean that it is “safe" for people with skin allergies. Wool is one example of a natural fabric that can cause intense irritation to some people. The .. (Allergies)

Stone Age Diet

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  The “Stone Age diet" is another potentially useful diet plan for allergy sufferers. The theory behind this diet is that our bodies are not genetically adapted to the synthetic, processed foods that constitute much of our modern eating practices. Therefore, we are unable to digest many foods properly and they become allergenic as our body tries to defend against them. Due to the .. (Allergies)

Vacuuming Your Place Clean

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  One of the natural allergy cures that we can do is of course keeping our house clean. Vacuuming is one critical step in doing so. We often only think machines operate only in one way; for example, most of us think of a vaccum cleaner as a machine that draws dirt and dust in. However, another way of looking at it is that in fact the vacuum is pulling in air that contains the dirt and .. (Allergies)

Guidelines to Help You Through the Elimination Diet

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  If you can, try to test the foods in as many different ways as possible - raw, lightly cooked, and cooked slowly for a longer time, as this may make a difference as to whether or not you react. Do not worry, though, if you cannot test all the members of each food family. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, but normally if you react to one member of a family, you will do so to . (Allergies)

Spices and Herbs For Allergies Promising Natural Approaches

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  A number of alternative therapies have undergone scientific study, and may appeal even to the most conventional practitioners. We will talk about some herbs for allergies that have shown promise in allergy relief. Herbs and spices Here are some more herbal supplements and spices that show promise for relieving the symptoms of allergies and asthma. Garlic: Garlic has the effect of .. (Allergies)

Homeopathy Promising Natural Approaches

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  About 10 years, the National Institutes of Health challenged conventional researchers to compare homeopathic medicine to conventional treatments for chronic illness such as allergies and asthma. But it is unfortunate that conventional researchers do not take homeopathy serious, and not many studies have been conducted. A lot of conventional doctors simply have the mindset that .. (Allergies)

Use Ventilation to Your Advantage

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  When looking at ventilation for your own home, any action you take should be guided by modern building regulations, which are designed to make sure there is sufficient ventilation to reduce potential damage due to condensation and to promote better interior air quality. Following the advice in Step 1 should be satisfactory for most homes, but see Step 2 if you have an allergy sufferer .. (Allergies)

Allergy Hazard in Cots (Cribs) and Soft Toys

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  Cots (cribs) Although the same cot (crib) can be used for different babies over the years, each infant should have his or her own new mattress. Replace any mattress, however, if any signs of mould (black stains) develop. This will happen if it is not thoroughly dried out after becoming wet. Cot (crib) mattresses are usually made of foam, though some people prefer a natural cotton .. (Allergies)

Introduction to the Rotation Diet

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  The purpose of a Rotation Diet is to prevent the development of new allergies and intolerances to foods. Often people find that if they avoid the foods to which they are allergic or intolerant, they experience a great improvement in their health initially but can then start to feel unwell again. This is because they have become allergic or intolerant to something else in the meantime - .. (Allergies)

Allergy Problems With Basement Rooms

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  A basement is most often converted into a utility room. If you want to use this space as a laundry area, install an extractor (exhaust) fan to exhaust excess moisture. Tumble driers should always be vented to the outside, no matter what room they are installed in. Some heat-recovery devices are available that recirculate hot air from the dryer back into the house. However, they are not .. (Allergies)

Traditional Chinese Medicine Promising Natural Approaches

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 Tracy Ma (July 11, 2008)  With China's long history of medicine, it is no surprise that natural allergy cures has been discovered by ancient healer. One of the things that the Chinese discovered is the wonders of ephedra. Today, ephedra is still a mainstay of TCM treatments for allergies and asthma. Doctors from the East often combine ephedra with licorice and ginseng for natural allergy cures and remedies. .. (Allergies)

Aid Allergy Treatment Using Meditation

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. It is easy to learn and can be useful both for treating stress and in pain management. Meditation, in the broadest sense, is any activity that keeps the attention focused in the present. When the mind is calm and focused in the present, it is neither reacting to past events or preoccupied .. (Allergies)

Allergy Tips For the Childrens Rooms

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 Cindy Chung (July 11, 2008)  Anti-mite barrier covers Cover mattress, duvets, and pillows in anti-mite barrier covers. All beds in the room should be treated in this way - even those of non-allergic children, since their bedding will also harbour dust mites and their allergen. Bed linen should be changed weekly and washed at a high temperature (56ºC/133ºF or above) to kill the dust mite and remove the allergen. .. (Allergies)




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