THE HEALTHY AND RELIABLE SOLUTION
DMS AGAINST ALLERGENS
Allergies develop when the body is repeatedly exposed to allergens that are found in our environment. They can occur at any time and affect all age groups. Some of the most common allergens include dust mites and pollen. Laurastar’s DMS steam is a natural and effective solution to eliminate these allergens. Propelled at temperatures of up to 160°C, it eliminates 100% of dust mites according to studies carried out at independent, ISO 17025-certified laboratories.
A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM
ALLERGIES ON THE RISE
Identified as the world’s 4th most common chronic illness by the WHO (World Health Organisation), allergies are constantly on the rise. Nowadays, nearly 30% of the population is affected by allergies (compared to 3.8% in 1968). The cause? A combination of different factors like air pollution and the excessive use of chemicals in everyday life, as well as the presence of dust. The most common allergies (excluding food) are caused by pollen and dust mites which cause chronic rhinitis and asthma.
RESPONSIBLE FOR 45% OF ALLERGIES
DUST MITE INVASION
1g of dust can contain up to 10,000 dust mites in our homes, while as little as 100 dust mites can cause allergies. These spider-like microorganisms set up shop in our living spaces because there they can find everything they need to thrive: an abundance of food, comfortable temperatures of above 19°C, and humidity. They live wherever there are dead skin cells, whether that be on bedding, stuffed animals, sofas, curtains, carpets or clothes. Continuous or regular contact with too large a quantity of dust mites creates a sensitivity that can lead to a full-blown allergy. Asthma, rhinitis, eczema, constant fatigue and lack of concentration are the most common symptoms.
30% OF ADULTS WITH ALLERGIES ARE AFFECTED
Rising air pollution has a direct impact on the global population of pollen allergy sufferers. This allergy can cause rhinitis, i.e. irritation of the nasal passages and repeated sneezing. Worsening air quality weakens the surface of the pollen grains, allowing the proteins responsible for allergies to emerge more easily. Children and young adults are particularly affected by this increase in pollen toxicity. Between 10 and 20% of the population develops symptoms of pollen allergy.
THE 3RD MOST COMMON RESPIRATORY ALLERGY
Pets are now considered a part of the family. Yet, they are the 3rd most common cause of respiratory allergies. It is estimated that 10 to 15% of adults develop an allergy to cats.
Contrary to the common belief that cat allergies are caused by fur, the primary cat allergen is found in its saliva or urine. Known as Fel d 1, this secretoglobin protein is spread all over the cat’s fur when grooming. It then spreads from the cat’s hair and squamous cells into its surroundings. This allergen then binds to dust particles, clothing and hair. Therefore, it is found in ambient air for a long time and can easily be transported from one place to another. People can hence have an allergic reaction to an animal without one even being present. The symptoms are the same as those for allergies to dust mites and pollen: rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and even asthma.