Allergy covers and more

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   Posted 3/13/2011 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!

My name is David, and I'm an allergic… to dogs, cats, and all types of house dust. My IGE level is 3500, which according to the way it's measured where I live in Argentina, is 35 times that of a normal adult. My symptoms are mostly on the nose, the biggest of them is an intense pain in the middle of it, as if swollen, and it comes and goes, sometimes stays for days, sometimes seconds, but it's incredibly painful and blocks me from doing anything in a normal way. No-one yet has been able to tell me exactly why I feel so much pain, I've had surgery done twice on my nose to correct the deviated septum which according to the doctor was pressing against the swollen turbinate. Both operations made no difference whatsoever to the pain. I also get puffy red eyes, specially when I wake up, lots of sneezing, runny nose and rashes and itching on my skin. Oh and yeah, I have asthma… I'm currently taking allergy drops and an antihistamine every day, but I still wake up the same every morning. Nose sprays don't do much either, except make me sneeze...

Anyway, I'm not here to seek a miracle cure, I'm just trying to cope with my allergies, so recently I decided to change the way I live in my house. I live with two dogs and my family, and I share my room with my sister. So keeping in mind that a lot of the things in my room aren't mine, I am trying to do my best to keep the room as allergen-free as possible.

So now I came across the issue of allergy covers for the mattress and pillow. I've been trying to find them here in Buenos Aires but there doesn't seem to be any, I can only find what they call 'water-proof covers for incontinence, etc.' and I don't understand whether these covers will help with keeping the allergens truly away from me. Also, they are not zipped, they do not cover the mattress entirely, so it doesn't seem right.

I would love to have someone's opinion on this, what could I buy, what could I do to be able to sleep alright and not wake up in such a terrible state every day. Because this is as much as I can do, I can't clean the entire house every second, I can't kick the dogs out (I love them and so does everyone else) and I can't remove all my sister's things from the room.

I will greatly appreciate any tips you may have, I'm truly sad because I'm a generally positive person, and I love doing many different things, but the allergy stops me from enjoying or even doing them, I love animals and I keep away from them as much as possible, it's incredibly frustrating. My work is of course affected by it too, in fact I reject any jobs with human interaction because I can't do them in that state...

Anyway, thank you so much for your help,

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   Posted 3/13/2011 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You probably need to google search "Allergy bedding" or "allergy bed covers" and buy over the internet.
If you or your family use perfumes I'd ask for them to refrain from using them inside the house. Tell them to put it on outside the house away from you.
Does anyone smoke in your house? This is a big irritant for allergies.

Meanwhile keep the dogs out of the bedroom, wash your bedding in scalding hot water, and do a deep cleaning of your bedroom to get all the dust bunnies out.

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   Posted 3/13/2011 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I will buy covers online, I believe this is the only solution, after cleaning the room and keeping the dogs away as much as possible I still react to the dust mites very strongly.

What I think would eliminate the problem completely is having a mattress that doesn't let dust mites live in it. So far I found that water mattresses are the best for that, but for me they are uncomfortable and way too expensive.

Any idea whether a simple inflatable mattress could be used for general sleeping?

I've been searching for them everywhere but I find that all of them are flocked (for comfort) so I can't find one that is made entirely of plastic, which would be ideal, as I imagine dust mites can still live in on the cushiony surface...

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   Posted 3/14/2011 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Joy that you will probably have to order a cover online. We have stores here in the USA that carry these types of things but I still ordered a mattress and pillow cover online for my daughter. Works pretty good :)

You can try an air mattress to sleep on but it may not last long. Those types of mattresses are more or less designed for occasional usage. A Tempurpedic mattresses inhibits the accumulations of dust mites but they can be highly expensive.
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