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Dust Mite Allergy

Dust Mite Allergy


An allergy to dust mites is one of the more unpleasant allergies to have since it is so hard to avoid them. Dust mites are almost everywhere and they exist year-round so you don’t even get the benefit of relief for part of the year. An allergy to dust mites can be treated by avoiding contact with them but this isn’t easy to do and probably won’t be completely successful. Otherwise, you are simply going to have to manage the symptoms.

A dust mite is tiny, microscopic creatures that exist almost everywhere. They tend to live in our beds because they eat the dead skin that flakes off of us all the time. A lot of this dead skin ends up in our beds so this is where the dust mites tend to wind up. They are more of a problem in humid conditions so using a dehumidifier in your house can help to reduce the number that you encounter. Dust mites exist year round so this is an allergy that is not usually seasonal.

Dust mite allergy symptoms

The primary symptoms of dust mite allergies are coughing and itchy eyes. Some people may react to their skin like eczema. In more serious cases some people will suffer from asthma or other breathing problems. In most cases, the reactions are not very serious but as with all allergies, some people will have a severe reaction. In general dust mites are not an airborne allergen since they are quite heavy and tend to settle on the ground. This usually reduces the amount of contact that we have with dust mites and means that most of the issues will occur while we are in bed.

The best way to deal with a dust mite allergy is to keep the dust mites out of your home. This can be a real challenge since they are pretty much everywhere. You must wash the sheets on your bed every week to get rid of dust mites. You will also want to wash the blankets regularly. Some people have decorative pillows on their beds that can’t go in the washing machine, in this case, you will want to freeze them for a couple of days and then wash them by hand. You can also get covers that go over your bedding and will help to keep dust mites away; it is a good idea to look into these if you have a dust mite allergy.

If you do find that you have itchy eyes or a cough you may want to take an antihistamine to help relieve the symptoms. If you find that this isn’t sufficient you can get an allergy shot that will help to deal with the problem. If you suffer from asthma you will want to make sure that you have your inhaler with you all the time. If you suffer from asthma you will want to make sure that you have your inhaler with you all the time

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