Can someone be Allergic to Dust?
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 11, 2017
What are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are defined as microscopic organisms that feed off house dust and moisture in the air. They are most common indoor allergens and can also trigger asthma and flares of eczema.
Symptoms of dust allergy often worse during or immediately after vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. The process of cleaning can stir up dust particles, making them easier to inhale. The symptoms are:
- A runny nose
- Red, itchy or teary eyes
- Wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
Triggers of Dust Allergy
Dust mites: They are also called as bed mites and are the most common cause of allergy. They live and multiply easily in warm, humid places. They are often found in pillows, mattresses, carpeting and upholstered furniture.
Cockroaches: They live in all types of buildings and the tiny particles from a cockroach are a common component of a household dust.
Mold: It is a fungus that makes spores that float in the air. When people with a mold allergy inhale the spores, they get allergy symptoms.
Pollen: It comes from trees, grasses, flowers, and weeds.
Pet hair, fur or feathers: Pets hair, saliva, and urine can cause an allergic reaction, especially when combined with household dust.
Allergist asks questions about work and home environments, family medical history, and severity of symptoms and exposure to pets.
Skin tests are done which involve using a small, sterile probe to prick the skin extracts from common allergens.
Following Treatments are given:
- Allergy shots
- Changes to household routine