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Dust Mites :
The Invisible Enemy
Allergies have been known for a long time, but seem to be on the increase. They are an unwanted response of the immune system. They result in inflammation in the eyes and nose (rhinitis), lungs (asthma) and skin (eczema) - and may contribute to migraine, hypo-activity and rheumatoid arthritis. It is estimated that the allergies affect some 40% of the population at some time and the percentage is on the increase.
Experts believe the increase is linked to environmental factors. Triggers involve higher indoor humidity and temperatures. Our homes are becoming ever more modern and home comfort standards are rising. Good insulation ensures constant room temperature and rather high relative humidity. But these conditions, which are very pleasant to us, are also excellent prerequisites for the propagation of house dust mites.
For years, people with asthma and other dust related allergy conditions have associated airborne dust with a worsening of their symptoms. It was only in 1969 that a specific component of house dust was discovered to be the allergic trigger responsible for asthmas, rhinitis or dust allergy attacks. The house dust mite excrement is one of the most widespread allergen triggers for asthma, eczema and allergic nasal mucous membrane inflammations. Further research revealed this trigger was a microscopic protein found in the increment of the dust mite. The substance, now known as the allergen Der p1, is today recognized throughout the world as the major caused of the distressing symptoms of asthma, rhinitis, eczema and other dust sensitive conditions. Those tiny creatures thrive in their millions in the warmth and humidity of carpets, mattresses, bedding, upholstery and furnishings of even the most scrupulously clean homes. They are too small to be seen without a microscope, feeding mainly on shedded human skin scales, fungi and bacteria. House dust mites are found in every household. Even with regular and thorough house cleaning, dust particles and human skin scales continuously accumulate.
Common House Dust mite
Dust Mite Anti-Allergen has been specifically formulated to neutralize and render harmless the allergen Der p1and Der p2, the proven root cause of more than 90% of all asthma/dust attacks in the home. Dust Mite Anti-Allergen was developed with the expert assistance of a leading ecologist and internationally recognized authority on house dust mites. Dust Mite Anti-Allergen is an unique remedial product containing powerful, yet non-toxic, natural ingredients formulated to de-nature dust mite and feline allergen, thereby bringing immediate and positive benefit to people with asthma, rhinitis, eczema or other related conditions.
The Medical Evidence
Studies by Dr. W. F. Green in Australia, originally published in the Lancet, demonstrated that when dust mite droppings are treated with the main active ingredient contained in Dust Mite Anti-Allergen, the allergens are physically changed, rendering them permanently harmless to people who display symptoms on exposure during normal domestic activities such as bed making or vacuum cleaning. The Dust Mite Anti-Allergen action, known as denaturing, has also been proven by Professor T.A.E. Platts-Mills, Head of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Virginia. Further trails by Dr. J. Maberly, a consultant physician and allergy expert at the Airedale Health Authority in Yorkshire, England demonstrated that the use of the active ingredient used in Dust Mite Anti-Allergen produced “significant changes in reactivity” and “markedly improved symptoms” in his asthmas patients.
Research work on Dust Mite Anti-Allergen was conducted by dust mite research specialist, Richard Torogood, and supervised by entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste of the M.A.F. at Auckland University in 1992 and 1993. As a result of this research and further development, Dust Mite Anti-Allergen was developed.
How Does Dust Mite Anti-Allergen Work?
It is an anti-allergen, aqueous solution containing a powerful active ingredient. This substance is derived from naturally occurring extracts found in the bark of certain trees and plants. It works by instantly deactivating the allergen Der p1 and Der p2 in house dust mite and cockroach droppings by de-naturing and substantially reducing the 1gE antibody-binding capacity of this allergen. As a result they are no longer “recognized” by the bodies immune system and they do not bond with the antibodies sent to destroy them. This bonding process is the cause of the body’s allergic response (the allergy attack). In effect, an over-reaction of the immune system producing the distress symptoms that, in extreme cases, can pose a threat to life.
Products in the Household Environment
The home furnishings most likely to be effected are mattresses, carpets, carpet underlay, upholstered fabrics, linen, wall and window treatments. The occupants of the house are the proven source of food for the dust mite and wherever we spend most time in the home will be the greatest affected area.
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