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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rupp
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Testing Qualitative: Prick testing is qualitative not quantitative, so you cannot derive severity from your results. Also, in order to interpret results you need saline a ... Read More
Dr. Rajiv Arora
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Dust mite: Positive prick skin tests means there is a sensitivity to the allergen (i.e. Dust mite). The larger the size, the more likely the allergen will cause ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: It is not the "bed bug" but it is a bug that might be on a bed or on other surfaces. The dermatophagoides farinae is the american dust mite.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Dust mite: I presume you are talking about dust mite allergy. First you will not find dust mites outdoors or in very dry climate- they cannot thrive at under 50% ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Bug Bite: Dust mites don't bite. You need to re-phrase your question. If it is a bug bite, typically a little anti-itch cream is adequate until it resolves on i ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Different strains: of the same species
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Dust mites: Although dust mites eat remnant of human skin they do not eat humans and do not consequently leave marks. Are you thinking bed bugs which leave blood ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
They don't: House dust mites, although related to the spider, do not bite. If something is biting you, look for bed bugs or fleas. The usual treatment is applic ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Dust mite covers for the pillows, mattress, and box springs can decrease your exposure to dust mites. Additionally, you will want to wash the other be ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
34 years experience Family Medicine
Dust mites: Because the infestation still exists - treat the mites and that should help - there are commercially available products to spray and keep mites away ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Possible: The mites tend to thrive in the stuffing and less on the surface. No problem unless you are allergic to it. On the other, is this a theoretical exer ... Read More

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