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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Electrified Vaccine Holds Hope Against Dust Mite Allergies

People with dust mite allergies often have to undergo prolonged treatments using as many as 50 to 80 injections over a period of three to five years. This vaccine series is known as “immunotherapy” and like many other vaccines, uses tiny amounts of the harmful dust mite protein introduced into the system to help the body build up defenses against the irritating reactions that produce asthma in some people when the body releases high amounts of histamines in an attempt to fight off the invading substance.

The trouble is, some bodies overreact, and that produces a near shutdown of the breathing passages called asthma. It can be fatal.

To overcome the length of treatment now required to combat dust mite allergies, a new treatment has been developed that uses minute amounts of protein from dust mite DNA. But there’s a challenge to overcome at the cellular level. Cells have a plasma membrane that is not easily penetrated. To temporarily overcome this natural defense against other harmful cellular invaders, a dose of electrified charges is introduced during the time of immunization. This softens up the playing field for the dust mite DNA immunization to makes its way into the cells where the body at the cellular level can copy that material and thereby build up faster immunity for people with dust mite allergies.

In a professional journal titled Immunology Letters, the process is called 40 times more effective than traditional dust mite immunizations.

In the meantime, it often helps to protect against dust mites by taking precautions at the macro level, such as dust mite control using detergents, micro-level vacuums and dust mite covers to keep dust mite risks to a minimum.

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