The right bedcovers could help protect kids from severe asthma attacks

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Mar 14 2017 - 4:37am
Bed covers and asthma

Researchers say that bedcovers which are mite-proof may decrease flare-ups of asthma in kids.

Asthma in kids is a serious condition which can be life threatening. All efforts should be made to prevent asthma attacks in kids.

Flare-ups of asthma in kids may be decreased with the use of bedcovers that are mite-proof.

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has reported via Newswise that flare-ups of asthma in kids may be decreased with the use of bedcovers that are mite-proof. These bedcovers create a barrier to house dust mites.

Researchers in England have reported on a study dealing with 284 children suffering from asthma who tested positive for mite allergy. Mite allergy is one of the most common asthma triggers. The mattresses, duvets and pillows of these children were encased with mite-proof covers or placebo covers and they were followed for a year.

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It was observed that the kids who slept with the mite-proof covers in comparison to those with the placebo were not as likely to suffer from a severe asthma exacerbation which resulted in an emergency room visit or admission to a hospital. These kids were also less likely to need systemic corticosteroids.

One of the most common reasons for the hospitalization of kids who live in the developed world are asthma exacerbations

Lead study author Clare S. Murray, MD, who is a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Manchester and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, says that one of the most common reasons for the hospitalization of kids who live in the developed world are asthma exacerbations. Viral infections are a primary risk factor for exacerbations of asthma in kids who are sensitized and exposed to allergens. Dr. Murray has gone on to comment that although we can't protect people from cold viruses this study has indicated a good intervention may be avoidance of allergens.

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine has published this study. There is an interaction between allergen exposure in sensitised asthmatics and viruses which increases the risk of exacerbation of asthma. The researchers evaluated the effects of the use of bedding which is impermeable to house dust mites on severe asthma exacerbations in kids.

It has been observed mite-impermeable encasings are effective in lowering the number of mite sensitised asthmatic kids who have asthma exacerbations. The use of mite-proof bedcovers offers an effective way to protect many kids from asthmatic exacerbations which lead to visits to the emergency room or hospitalization.

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