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What are dust allergies?

Dust mites are the culprit of dust allergies. Individuals who suffer from dust allergies are allergic to the body and waste of dust mites. If you think you may suffer from a dust mite allergy, contact your allergist for a physical exam and medical history evaluation.

What causes dust allergies?

Dust allergies are caused by dust mites, small organisms often found in a person’s home. Dust mites are microscopic creatures that are smaller than one millimeter. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid conditions. While they may be present year-round, dust mites often die in humidity levels are low. A person who suffers from dust allergies may experience worsening symptoms after sweeping or vacuuming. This type of household cleaning can stir up dust particles making them easier to inhale.

What are the symptoms of dust allergies?

Dust mites cause inflammation of a person’s nasal passage. This leads to an allergic reaction, which may result in the following symptoms:
• Cough
• Congestion
• Postnasal drip
• Sneezing
• Swelling under the eyes
• Itchy eyes

How are dust allergies diagnosed?

Since the symptoms of dust allergies often are the same as pollen allergies, it’s important to visit your doctor to find the culprit of your symptoms. Your allergist will likely conduct a physical exam and discuss your symptoms, followed by a skin or blood test.

How are dust allergies treated?

Over the counter medicine can be an effective way to manage dust mite allergies. Your allergist may also recommend allergy shots. You can keep dust mites at bay by making changes around your home. These changes include, but aren’t limited to:
• Remove carpeting
• Keep pets out of bedrooms
• Wash and change bed linens in hot water
• Use dust-proof covers on pillows and mattresses
• Wash rugs when possible in hot water