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Alexandra Reimann, ND & Assoc
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Allergies, asthma, and dust
Things that make allergies or asthma worse are called triggers. Dust is a common trigger. When your asthma or allergies become worse due to dust, you are said to have a dust allergy.
Very tiny insects called dust mites are the main cause of dust allergies. Dust mites can only be seen under a microscope. Most dust mites in your home are found in bedding, mattresses, and box springs.
House dust may also contain tiny particles of pollen, mold, fibers from clothing and fabrics, and detergents. All of these can also trigger allergies and asthma.
Choose the Right Home Furnishings
You can do many things to limit your exposure to dust and dust mites.
Replace blinds that have slats and cloth draperies with pull-down shades. They will not collect as much dust.
Dust particles collect in fabrics and carpets.
If you can, get rid of fabric or upholstered furniture. Wood, leather, and vinyl are better. Avoid sleeping or lying on cushions and furniture that are covered in cloth.
Replace wall-to-wall carpet with wood or other hard flooring.
Since mattresses, box springs, and pillows are hard to avoid:
Wrap them with mite-proof covers.
Wash bedding and pillows once a week in hot water (130°F [54.4°C] to 140°F [60°C]).
Other Tips
Keep indoor air dry. Dust mites thrive in moist air. Try to keep the moisture level (humidity) lower than 30% to 50%, if possible. A dehumidifier will help control humidity.
Central heating and air-conditioning systems may help control dust.
The system should include special filters to capture dust and animal dander.
Change furnace filters frequently.
Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
When cleaning:
Wipe away dust with a damp cloth and vacuum once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to help control the dust that vacuuming stirs up.
Use furniture polish to help reduce dust and other allergens.
Wear a mask when you clean the house.
You and your child should leave the house when others are cleaning, if possible.
Keep stuffed toys off beds, and wash them weekly.
Keep closets clean and closet doors closed.
US National Library of Medicine
References
Platts-Mills TAE. Indoor allergens. In: Adkinson NF Jr, Bochner BS, Burks AW, et al, eds. Middleton's Allergy Principles and Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 28.
Wright LS, Phipatanakul W. Environmental remediation in the treatment of allergy and asthma: latest updates. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2014;14:419. PMID 24488258
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Micronutrients

Called micronutrients because they are needed only in minuscule amounts, these substances are the “magic wands” that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. Iodine, vitamin A and iron, zinc, folate.
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Too often when someone has the sniffles, others assume that they are contagious. However, those sniffles are often caused by something not contagious at all. For those suffering from congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, a cold may be the first thought, but these are also signs of allergies. Learn the differences between allergies and a cold so you can find the right relief fast.
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Normally, your immune system fights germs. It is your body's defense system. In most allergic reactions, however, it is responding to a false alarm. Genes and the environment probably both play a role.

Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, or asthma. Allergies can range from minor to severe. Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that can be life-threatening. Doctors use skin and blood tests to diagnose allergies. Treatments include medicines, allergy shots, and avoiding the substances that cause the reactions.

An allergy is a reaction by your immune system to something that does not bother most other people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one thing. Substances that often cause reactions are

Pollen
Dust mites
Mold spores
Pet dander
Food
Insect stings
Medicines
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Food allergies are known to cause digestive complications, skin rashes and asthma, but in some cases food allergies can lead to fatigue, sore muscles and fever. Fatigue and fever are not a direct result of the food allergy but are rather the symptoms of another condition caused by the food allergy.
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Name: Christine
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Monica is an amazing assistant and support to all of us. She is efficient, professional and her follow through skills are impressive as well as comforting. Thank you, Dr. Alex for providing us with love and kindness through all that you do and your loving staff. Monica you rock 😃 Teresa is always a pleasure as well! I look forward to my next visit.
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