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25 Tips To Keep Allergens

We all know at least one person who is allergic to peanuts and at least one other participant in the festival season in full sneezing pollen allergy. To learn more about them, see our record on food allergies, as well as on pollen allergy.

Today, more and more frequently, the patient records contain allergists diagnoses mold allergy, allergy cleaners, dust mite allergy ...

New allergies, allergies more: why?

In rich countries, the number of cases of asthma has doubled over the last thirty years. In Canada, the disease now strikes one in eight children. Whether in North America, Europe and the United States, several studies have shown a link between what we might call the obsession with hygiene and increased cases of asthma.

This was confirmed by Dr Guy Delespesse, immunologist and director of the Laboratory for Allergy Research. Over the environment in which a child life is sterile, he said, the more likely it develops allergies or immune problem is high.

But how this link is it possible? From birth, the baby is in contact with germs from the environment, which then colonize the digestive tract and settle in his gut. With the good bacteria found there also, they form the balance of intestinal flora. The immune system, he distinguishes what is harmful and what does not.

Disinfectant in an almost obsessive, it closes the door to germs and bacteria that can colonize the intestinal flora, which prevents the immune system to defend against infections. It becomes more vulnerable to allergies.

Without changing our habits of hygiene, we must guard against these allergens, increasingly many who are attacking our health the main sources of allergens and some tips to keep them away.


Contrary to what is believed, allergy to our animal friends - and those we do not like! - Is not caused by their hair (whether long or short), but their urine, saliva and secretions from their glands. And it is not only affecting the animal allergic reaction can occur: the mere fact of being in his presence is enough.

This allergen can cause asthma, urticaria, eczema and rhino conjunctivitis.


Avoidance! There is no other way to get rid of the allergen do not approach the animal that causes your allergy otherwise you will suffer.

Some people are allergic to insect stings.

Household cleaning products

More and more researchers have established a link between the increase in allergies and asthma and exposure to chemicals contained in these cleaners.

Since manufacturers are not required to indicate on the label the ingredients contained in their products, it is difficult to know exactly what they contain. It is better than cure.


We mistakenly believe that Windex and other products destroy more microbes because they shine surfaces and fill the air with a "clean smell." However, the most effective cleaning agent remains ... soapy water simply plunging a micro fiber cloth to clean and change with each use.

And if you want to use a product sold in supermarkets, you can opt for biodegradable products of plant origin. To find them, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Ingredients: they must all be natural or simple (pure soap, for example);
  • The product is colorless, odorless and biodegradable;
  • The packaging is recyclable and reusable.

Finally, lemon and baking soda is also very effective for cleaning purpose.

Mites feed on our dead skin particles. Their presence does not usually cause problems, but more sensitive individuals may eventually be affected and may be suffering from rhinitis or asthma.

These little critters are hiding in mattresses, carpets between the bristles and small cushions, pillows, upholstered furniture and stuffed animals. Humidity of 50% and promotes their proliferation.


  • Eliminate the house carpets, mats and rugs, to the extent possible;
  • Avoid buying furniture or stuffed upholstered
  • Avoid bedspreads and duvet dives;
  • Only use curtains made of light material;
  • In addition to vacuuming the mattress, box spring and bed box regularly, it is strongly recommended to use mattress pads and pillows specially designed to reduce exposure to these insects and their waste;
  • Wash's sheets, blankets all cozy and warm water (hot water because only kills mites) as often as possible (at least every two weeks).

The presence of moisture, a warm and dark are the three elements causing the mold growth. They produce spores that are released into the air we breathe.


  • Maintain a maximum moisture content between 30 and 40% in the house;
  • Use a dehumidifier in the wettest parts;
  • Do not store objects in a closed container or closed for long periods;
  • Humidifiers are a source of mold: the unit must be cleaned regularly;
  • In the bathroom: make sure excess moisture is removed by a properly functioning fan, wipe the surfaces wet from the shower and use a fungicidal substance regularly;
  • In the kitchen: Use a fan while cooking, empty the garbage as soon as possible, check the contents of the refrigerator and clean it frequently.

Medications can cause side effects - nausea and vomiting, for example - those are not allergies. By cons, if you made a rash after taking penicillin for instance, there is an allergic reaction.

All drugs can be allergenic - even natural products - but the most common antibiotics, such as penicillin or sulfa drugs, and aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

There is no allergy test for most drugs. Allergists must rely on information that you provide to them about your medical history to see if there is allergy.

A person with a confirmed diagnosis of a drug allergy should wear a MedicAlert ® bracelet.

For mom ... beauty products
Cosmetics consist of some 10 000 different ingredients.

A large number of studies, tests and reported incidents have demonstrated that some of these chemical ingredients that cause allergies, including asthma cause.

These components are dangerous in makeup, in shampoos, body creams, oils into the body and face, masks, perfumes, makeup, etc.....


  • Always read the instructions and warnings on the packaging;
  • Perform a test on a small area of ​​skin before using a new cosmetic product. Wait 24 hours. If no reaction occurs, use of the product should be safe;
  • Never share cosmetics: you may be exposed to bacteria of the other person;
  • Do not dilute your cosmetics dry with water or saliva, because you could contaminate;
  • A product whose label is marked "hypoallergenic" can still cause allergic reactions. "Hypo''' means "under" the product is only less likely to cause allergic reactions;
  • Always wash your hands before applying make-up;
  • Keep your cosmetics away from high temperatures and sunlight;
  • Most cosmetics have no expiration date, but it is recommended to change mascara every three months;
  • Choose a fragrance based on essential oils and buy soaps, shampoos and cosmetics unscented pharmacy or health-food shop.

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