A recent study shows that people with pet and dust mite allergies suffer from hay fever more severely. Dust mite and pet allergies appear to "pre-prime" the immune system causing hay fever symptoms to appear faster and to a greater degree.

Out of the 123 hay fever sufferers taking part in the study 66% tested positive for cat allergies, 63% tested positive for dog allergies and 73% tested positive for dust mite allergies.


The lead author of the study, Dr. Ellis, reported that, "On average, those who tested positive for cat, dog or dust mite allergies developed symptoms either faster than, or to a greater degree than those who tested negative for those allergies." She concluded, "The differences seen at 90 minutes of exposure were less dramatic after 3 hours of exposure, however. That suggests that once the hay fever season is in full swing, the symptom differences between those with cat, dog or dust mite allergies and those without no longer exist."


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The HomeCare allergy spray range is a great all-round treatment for most common allergies. It comes in three different formulas, AirCleanse, to  neutralise allergens in the air, HomeCleanse, to neutralise allergens on fabrics and furnishings, and FabricCleanse, to neutralise allergens in the washing.  It is guaranteed to reduce allergen exposure to pollen spores, dust mite faeces, pet dander and mould spores by at least 75% and up to 90%.


Simple, easy precautions for the pollen season can help keep hay fever symptoms at bay for longer and reduce their initial severity.   


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