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Allergies are very common, affecting around one in three people at some time in their lives. There are many different causes of allergy and symptoms vary from mild to potentially life threatening. Allergy is also one of the major factors associated with the cause and persistence of asthma. Fortunately effective prevention and treatment options are available for most allergies.
An allergy is a specific reaction of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance in the environment, one that does not bother most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in house dust mites, pets, pollen, insect venom, moulds, foods and some medicines.
Exposure to allergens can lead to an immune reaction that leads to allergic symptoms such as redness and swelling in areas like the nose and/or eyes, the skin and/or the lungs.
When a person who is allergic to a particular allergen comes into contact with it, an allergic reaction occurs. This begins when the allergen (for example, pollen) enters the body, triggering an antibody response. The antibodies attach themselves to special cells, called mast cells. When the pollen comes into contact with the antibodies, the mast cells respond by releasing certain substances, one of which is called histamine. When the release of histamine is due to an allergen, the resulting swelling and inflammation is extremely irritating and uncomfortable.
The most common causes of allergic reactions in Australia are:
- dust mites
- cow’s milk
- cats and other furry or hairy animals such as dogs, horses, rabbits and guinea pigs
- insect stings
Allergen avoidance (or reduction) relies on identifying the cause of your allergy and then taking steps to reduce your exposure to the allergen. For instance, many people are allergic to mould. Hot spots of mould growth in the home include damp basements and closets, bathrooms (especially shower stalls), places where fresh food is stored, refrigerator drip trays, house plants, air conditioners, humidifiers, garbage pails, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and old foam rubber pillows.
Homevent can provide you with a permanent solution to solve your allergy problems in the home through our innovative range of ventilation solutions and by giving you a professional in-house assessment as well as recommending an appropriate treatment solution.
Fresh, filtered air in – old, contaminated air out. Proper filtered ventilation in your home can make a huge difference to the air quality you breathe. Homevent has got your whole home covered with energy-efficient units to filter the air reduce humidity and expel damp and moisture, giving you a happier, healthier, drier space to live in.
One of the most effective ways to control allergies in the home is by managing the ventilation and limiting moisture levels. Homevent technicians are professionally trained and know how to identify and eliminate problems in your home. Our products have been proven to work effectively and reliably.
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