An allergy is the body’s hypersensitivity to contact with allergens, i.e. a substance which causes pathological reaction of the immune system. It may manifest as a food allergy, airborne allergy or contact allergy. Each allergy reaction may result in specific symptoms, such as hay fever, watery eyes or even anaphylactic shock in severe cases. Some allergic diseases may be hereditary and their occurrence is determined by specific groups of genes. But in fact – we do not inherit the allergy itself, but a tendency to become susceptible to an allergen.
Airborne allergens are the most common cause of allergy throughout the world. The environment around us is full of allergenic substances. Contact with them may result in burdensome symptoms for the respiratory tract and skin. The group of allergens which most frequently cause airborne allergy consists of: house dust mites, pollen, pet allergens and fungal spores.
One of the ways of testing to confirm or exclude allergy is a skin prick test performed by an allergist. Purified extracts of allergens are used during the test. Examples include: allergens of house dust mites, animal dander, fungi and pollen. Medical history, which helps to determine the circumstances and exacerbation of allergic symptoms may lead a person to test for allergies, Although sensitisation to household dust occurs year-round, its exacerbation is a diagnostic premise. It manifests in the morning and at night, most often in summer and winter (when homes are heated or air-conditioned). Furthermore, well-being may worsen during cleaning, dusting, or emptying the vacuum cleaner. The condition may improve while away from home. The most common symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, dry paroxysmal cough, along with skin lesions.
Watery secretion, nasal obstruction (experienced as a sense of blocked nose), itching and sneezing appear within a few minutes following contact with an allergen. There is also a risk of acute and chronic sinusitis. Exacerbation of symptoms depends on the individual characteristics of the allergy sufferer as well as the concentration of allergens at home.
Severe cases of chronic allergic rhinitis may lead to sleep disorders and reduced daily physical activity and cause difficulties in concentrating while learning and at work.
In order to alleviate symptoms it is important to remove allergens from the environment. Allergy sufferers limit their contact with allergens by removing carpets, curtains and other items that accumulate dust from their homes. Traditionally, even daily cleaning does not protect allergy sufferers from contact with dust and furthermore, when cleaning, dust particles start to hover in the air which only worsen the condition.
As part of prevention, physicians often order to avoid contact with allergens. Effective preventive measures, which were undertaken early, may help to decrease the incidence of allergy and if symptoms occur, the disease may take mild form.
Reducing the concentration of allergens in households to the safe level may improve well-being and significantly enhance life quality of people allergic to household dust.
We recommend using our Allergoff Spray to protect your home and reduce household allergens.
A year-round presence of sensitisation symptoms due to constant exposure to household allergens is a typical sign of allergic rhinitis. In order to distinguish this type of allergy from a common cold caused by viral infection, attention should be paid to the duration of the symptoms. Viral rhinitis usually lasts for 10 days.
Dermatosis is a range of skin conditions, the cause of which are very diverse, dermatosis can be genetically determined or acquired through environmental factors. The most common causes are allergies, autoimmune reactions, bacterial and fungal infections, parasites (mites, lice, scabies) and viruses (e.g. herpes).
Psoriasis is a skin disease, which cause is not completely known. It is a chronic, non-infectious disease and it has tendency to spontaneously regress and reoccur. The disease usually appears between the ages of 10 and 40, and more often in older people.
Atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema is the most common skin disease, first symptoms of this disease usually appear in early childhood.
According to some statistics, 10-20% of children and 1-3% of adults around the world suffer from atopic dermatitis/ eczema. 60% of children experience their first symptoms during the first twelve months of life. The symptoms continue up to the age of five among 90% of children.
This disease is caused by the genetically determined structure of the epidermal barrier. A deficiency of free fatty acids in this area allows the penetration of allergens which intensifies the symptoms of inflammation and itching. The epidermis is dry and thickened. Atopic dermatitis may occur together with other allergic diseases such as: bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, hives and food allergy. Environmental factors such as house dust allergens – mites, animal dander, pets hair, fungal spores and plant pollens have a significant influence on the development and exacerbation of Atopic Dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease that usually affects younger people, between the age of 18-40 years.
It involves increased activity of the sebaceous glands of the skin and excessive production of sebum. It mainly occurs in places where there are a high number of sebaceous glands: on the scalp, forehead, nose, nasolabial folds, behind-the-ear folds, near the sternum and between the shoulder blades.
Seborrheic dermatitis is often accompanied by hair loss, scaling skin and erythema spots.
Allergic rhinitis is the most common non-infectious disease of the upper respiratory track. The National Health Survey suggests 4.6 million Australians (19.3 per cent of the population) are affected by allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis may occur together with other allergic diseases such as: asthma, allergic conjunctivitis, and atopic dermatitis.
Asthma occurs when the presence of allergens in the home and environment (including house dust mite allergens) cause chronic bronchial inflammation. Patients periodically suffer from paroxysmal shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and increased mucous secretion. Limited air flow through the bronchi under the influence of environmental factors is called bronchial hyperresponsiveness. This is a typical feature of asthma.
Furthermore, reduction of allergens in the environment where there are small children, may protect against allergy, especially if the child is genetically predisposed (if parents suffer from allergy).
The preparation penetrates deeply into the area sprayed due to innovative polymer micro-capsulation technology (Slow Release™ Technology) which ensures a gradual and controlled release of the Allergoff formulation. Capsule shells slowly release the active substance in a controlled manner.
Sensitising particles (allergens) are smaller than the mesh filters of a traditional vacuum cleaner and, as a result, are released into the air during vacuuming. Allergoff® binds dust particles into larger, non-volatile particles which can be vacuumed easily without causing the particles to become airborne. It is very important to abstain from vacuuming for 3 days after spraying to allow the product to penetrate protected surface.
Allergoff® Spray went through extensive toxicological testing and received a positive clinical assessment. Allergoff does not cause sensitisation.
Additionally, if a pet suffers from allergy, the use of Allergoff (e.g. spraying it onto dog’s bedding) may assist in reduction of allergy symptoms. It is recommended to wash animals bedding with Allergoff Wash laundry additive, further reducing the amount of allergens.
Don't Avoid The Signs
Early detection & prevention
An important part of prevention and treatment of allergic diseases, including asthma, is to eliminate allergens from the environment. Effective prevention methods may alleviate the symptoms and reduce the risk of exacerbation. The elimination of allergens may also: protect people with atopy against the development of allergic disease, relieve symptoms, lower the use of anti-allergic medication, and above all, improves the quality of life of sensitised people.
The relationship between allergens and Bronchial Asthma.
There is a close relationship between presence of allergens in household dust and the development of sensitisation and bronchial asthma. Exposure to high concentrations of household dust mite allergens leads to an increase in bronchial hyperreactivity and is associated with more severe allergy, greater use of medication and even the need of hospitalisation during exacerbation of the disease.
Read more about Asthma, Atopic Dermatitis and other allergic diseases in our knowledge base.