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A 35-year-old member asked:

are air fresheners bad if i have dust allergies?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
No : Air fresheners have little if any effect on dust mites however, they may trigger asthma in persons who are sensitive to them. Dust mites live primarily in your pillow and mattress. It has been estimated that dust mites can double the weight of your mattress in 8 years. Dust mite impervious pillow covers and mattress covers can seal mite into the mattress and pillow and may help reduce exposures.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Probably not: But the strong odor might actually cause symptoms through a mechanism known as vaso motor rhinitis.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How to avoid dust allergies when away from home?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Not easy, use meds: Allergy symptoms are expected when exposed to what cause them in a particular person. Know where you will stay in advance, if there is a choice, prefer non-carpeted, vacuumed rooms. Remember to use maintenance medications to prevent allergy flare up. Use nasal/sinus saline washes to reduce dust in nose passages. Stay outdoors if there is no pollen allergy.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Dusty condtions at work; will I develop dust allergies?

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Dr. Mehmet Basaran
Allergy and Immunology 38 years experience
Maybe: If you are genetically predisposaed to allergies, you could develop more allergies. Dust allergies are typically to dust miites, but dusty conditions at work are of dust from different sources, so it depends on what the dust is made of.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What can I do about dust allergies?

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Dr. Lily Hwang
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 18 years experience
Enviro control: You can use dustmite covers for pillows and mattresses(achoo allergy has good ones), wash sheets in really hot water once weekly, decrease humidity of the house to less than 50%. Those are the most beneficial. Wear a mask when vacuuming or dusting. Or if you have your house cleaned, allow about 2-3 hours before you come back to your house to allow for things to settle back down.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there such thing as dust allergies?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Dust mites: Usually it isn't the dust but dust mites that cause the allergic reaction, but for your there is no difference. Dust reduction will help.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of dust allergies?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Allergies: Typically sneezing and runny nose.

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