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- Jan 29 2018
DUST MITE ALLERGY
Dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust.
Allergies take place when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance, like, pollen, pet dander or dust mites. The immune system releases proteins (antibodies) that protect you from the foreign invaders, suspected of causing sickness or infection.
Dust is the allergen to which the immune system produces an inflammatory response in your nasal passages or lungs. Prolonged exposure to the allergen can cause chronic inflammation associated with asthma.
A speck of dust can contain pet dander, pieces of dead cockroaches and mold spores, along with organic matter such as dead skin and dust mites.
You are more likely to develop dust allergy if a family member has the similar allergy, you have a history of allergies and among young children.
The most common symptoms of a dust allergy include the following:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy or stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Swollen, bluish skin under your eyes
Your doctor may suspect dust mite allergy if you have a swollen nasal passage and you appear pale or bluish. If you have a pet, it could be very difficult to determine the cause of the allergy. Some tests that can be undertaken to determine dust allergy – allergy skin test and allergy blood test.
Over the counter or prescription medications can be used to control allergy symptoms. Other ways to treat allergy could be immunotherapy, in the form of allergy shots or Nasal Irrigation, which involves flushing thickened mucus and irritants from your sinuses.
It is important to treat dust allergy as it can lead to complications especially if you suffer from asthma or sinus.
Apart from treatment, you can take certain preventive measures to keep dust allergy at bay:
- Use allergen-proof bed covers
- Wash and clean your wedding
- Keep humidity low
- Buy washable stuffed toys
- Vacuum regularly
- Clean carpeting and other accessories around
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