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Beclovent (Beclomethasone)

Other names: Beconase AQ
The main allergen to affect the airways is the house-dust mite. This is a small insect which is too small to be visible to the naked eye but can clearly be seen under the microscope. It is called the house-dust mite as it lives in and feeds off household dust. Since the mite congregates wherever there are warm humid conditions and flakes of human skin, it will predominate in bedrooms, mainly on mattresses, bed-linen and carpets. In an average bedroom many millions of these little bugs can be found and rather revoltingly it is their faeces to which sufferers are allergic. Both sets of parents looked disgusted when I told them!
The following steps are important and should be carried out regularly:
1. Use synthetic or cotton sheets and pillow cases. Do not have pillows that are filled with feathers. Both synthetic material and cotton are low allergy materials and house-dust mites don’t thrive in them.
2. Wash the duvet every 2 or 3 weeks and the sheets and pillow cases every week.
3. The mattress should be enclosed in a plastic cover. As a high percentage of the mites will be in the mattress lining, this cover is probably the most important of all the steps against them. The alternative is to wash the mattress regularly but this is obviously not practical. Plastic covers are easy to fit and can be purchased at any of the large chain chemists. It might not seem very comfortable to sleep every night on plastic but it doesn’t worry children at all.
4. Dust daily with a damp cloth on all surfaces.
5. All clothes and shoes should be put away in wardrobes and dressing gowns should not hang behind doors gathering dust.
6. Most books will recommend daily vacuuming of both mattress and carpet to remove the mites but if an ordinary vacuum cleaner is used then it can actually make the situation worse. The retaining mesh on a typical machine will not retain particles less than 8 microns in size. This means that the mites’ faeces which are only 6 microns will be simply blown into the air, greatly increasing the allergic effect. The obvious question if you don’t vacuum is what about the mites in the carpet? Children, however, do not tend to lie on the bedroom floor with their faces buried in the shag-pile so they will not inhale the allergens from the mites. Only if the carpet is vacuumed and the mites are showered into the air will problems then arise. Anyone who is really worried about the bedroom carpet can always replace it with wood flooring or linoleum but I personally have never found this to be really necessary and it is certainly less comfortable.
By following these steps the allergic effect of the house-dust mite can be greatly reduced.

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