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BBC NEWS | Health | Asthma equipment ‘of little use’

April 16, 2008
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BBC NEWS | Health | Asthma equipment ‘of little use’



Lead author Dr Peter Gotzsche said: “We can conclude with confidence that there is no need to buy expensive vacuum cleaners or mattress covers or to use chemical methods against house dust mites because these treatments do not work.

“If you are wondering why it is that mattress covers and the other strategies are not effective, the likely answer is that all these treatments do not have a large enough effect on the occurrence of allergens from house dust mites.

“The level of allergens is so high in most homes that what remains after the treatment is still high enough to cause asthma attacks.”


Make up your bloody mind people !  Between covers,sheets,vacuums etc I’m confused… but found my own solution that works for me.

I was diagnosed with asthma aged 39 (I wrote about it here). For about 2 years I had suffered from broken sleep every night… caused by me having asthma attacks in the middle of the night. Along with my existing allergic rhinitis I was in bad shape.

For the past year I’ve been trying to use a simple saline spray morning and night. It’s not cheap when you consider it’s only water & salt. When I’m in the US on business I try to buy as many bottles as possible because it’s a lot more affordable (2-3 dollars a bottle compared with the 8+ euro I pay on this side of the pond).

After managing to maintain a consistent regime of treatment I concluded a few weeks ago that the saline spray along with the Singulair tablet was having a major positive effect on my health. My sense of smell and taste is returning – it has good days and bad days – and the Seretide inhaler I’m using morning and night is really helping – I haven’t had an asthma attack since the day I started using it 2 years ago. If I would stay away from the herbal jazz cigarettes I’d probably do even better…

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