There are many types of non-drug allergy relief products on the market. Some are remarkable for how effective they can be in bringing relief to allergy sufferers.
Some excel at reducing the amount of cash in your pocket much not much else. If you want the largest amount of improvement in your allergy symptoms then focus on these top 5 performing allergy relief products.
#1 Denaturing Sprays
Allergic reactions are a case of mistaken identity. The immune system fails to identify properly an otherwise benign (harmless) protein. This protein might be from a grain of pollen, the body or feces of a dust mite, or the saliva from a furred animal. No matter the source of the protein, the reaction is the same. Just ask anyone with allergies; they will tell you it is not pleasant. The good news is that proteins can be neutralized. Scientists call this process “denaturing” a protein.
Denaturing is changing the amino acid structure of the protein. Because the structure has been changed, the immune system no longer sees this as a problem protein. It is like a cloak of invisibility over the protein from the point of view of the immune system.
Allersearch Laboratories is the leader in the research and production of denaturing agents. They manufacture two sprays, ADMS, and ADS. Both denature but do it in different ways, so you can choose the allergy relief spray that is right for your situation.
#2 Allerpet Coat Conditioner
If you are allergic to furry animals, it is not the fur or skin that causes the problem. The allergen is a protein found in the saliva and urine of the animal. Each time the animals groom or empty its bladder, bits of this protein adheres to the fur and skin where it dries up. Once dry, the protein will flake off and become airborne so it is easily inhaled. Washing the animal will temporarily remove the protein, but as soon as the animal licks or urinates, the protein will be back.
The Allerpet Solution coat conditioners gently and safely remove the problem-causing protein and have a residual denaturing affect as well. Regular use of the product will reduce the animal allergen in your home.
#3 Dust Mite Proof Bedding
Doctors may disagree on many allergy relief products. The one thing in which they all agree is that zippered dust mite proof bedding covers are your first line of defense if you have dust mite allergies. The zippered covers provide a barrier between you and the millions of allergy-causing particles in your mattress and pillow. They are made with special microweave fabrics or fabrics coated with special backing to prevent exposure to dust mite allergens.
The mattress and all pillows should be encased in these special zippered covers. In addition, pillows, duvets and featherbeds made of feathers should be removed from the bed. If you prefer the feel of feathers, down alternatives are available and if you like the warmth of down you should consider substituting with wool.
Feathers themselves can cause allergic reactions and the barbed quills on feathers and down make them difficult to effectively encase for long period of time. More information on allergy bedding.
#4 Laundry Care
Even if you have zipped up your mattress, pillows, and duvet in dust mite covers you still need to pay attention to your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets. The bedding on top of should be washed every 7 days in 140°F water. Most residential hot water heaters are not set this high for safety reasons. Water hot enough to kill mites and denature their proteins is hot enough to scald and burn your skin. In addition, high temperatures weaken the fibers used to make your bed linens and thus constant washing in the water this hot will shorten the life of your linens.
Alkaline Laboratories (Allersearch Allergen Wash) and Allerpet (De-Mite Laundry Additive) both make products to eliminate allergens from your bedding. If you use one of these special detergents or laundry additives, you can safely wash in cold or warm water. It is still important that bed linens be washed weekly so that allergens do not build.
#5 HEPA Air Cleaner
A filter that is properly sized for your bedroom can provide you with clean air while you sleep. This is imperative so that your body can recover nightly from the stress of the day. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. It is a measurement that means 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns are arrested (captured) by the filter.
There are many makes and models on the market. Because a good air cleaner is an investment in your health, you want to make sure that you get the proper size for your bedroom. The most common mistake in purchasing an air cleaner is to get one too small for the room in which it is placed.
To determine the proper size, measure the volume of air in the room (length x width x ceiling height) and divide this by the amount of air moved by the filter. Each manufacturer will have a rating for their motor expressed in cubic feet per minute of air moved. This calculation will give you the amount of time for one air exchange. You want a minimum of 6 to 8 air exchanges per hour for effective relief.
While there are many more allergy relief products available, if you start with these you will be on your way to allergy relief.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store