There are literally thousands of different things that a person can be allergic to. When you begin having symptoms of allergies it may take you some time to determine what exactly is going on. Many times the symptoms of allergies are so similar to other medical conditions that doctor’s misdiagnose their patients. When the prescribed treatment does not work and the doctor keeps working with you, allergies will eventually be identified as the cause of the symptoms. One common allergy is a dust allergy.
What is a Dust Mite Allergy?
Today we are going to talk all about dust allergies. According to the Mayo Clinic “dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust.” If you suffer from this type of allergy your immune system will start to go crazy when you come in contact with pollen, pet dander, mold spores, cockroaches, or dust mites. Your immune system will try to make sure that you do not get sick or get an infection by producing antibodies. When these antibodies come into contact with the allergen you will have an inflammatory response in your lungs and nose.
Hives & Other Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies
There are some very common symptoms you will begin to feel when that inflammation starts. Sneezing; runny nose; itchy, red, or watery eyes; nasal congestion; itchy nose; itchy throat; postnasal drip; cough; facial pressure and pain; swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes; and frequent rubbing of your nose. When you read this list of symptoms it is easy to see why dust allergies get misdiagnosed so frequently.
Medical Treatment for a Dust Mite Allergy
If you think that you or someone you know is suffering from dust allergies you will want to seek medical treatment. An allergist is the best type of doctor to see. An allergist will be able to help you pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. They can conduct skin tests to determine exactly what you are allergic to. They will recommend medication, allergy shots, tablets, and/or changes to your household routine to help you get relief from the symptoms.
What Do Dust Mites Look Like?
Being allergic to dust is super tricky because you cannot see dust mites with the naked eye. If you are allergic to strawberries you can see them and it is easy to avoid them. You can only see dust mites with a microscope. Dust mites eat skin cells shed by humans. They like to live in warm, humid environments. In your home they are typically found in bedding, upholstered furniture, carpet, and rugs.
Clean to Get Rid of Dust Mites
Since dust mites like to live in your house you can take preventative measures in your home to help alleviate symptoms. Many people that have allergies opt not to have any carpet in their homes. You will want to thoroughly clean your home on a regular basis. Make sure that you use a HEPA filter in your vacuum for maximum cleaning benefits. You will also want to clean your mattress, pillows, and bed lines on a regular basis.
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