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Can a dust mite allergy be causing me to loose my sense of smell?

Can a dust mite allergy be causing me to loose my sense of smell?

Probably not: Loss of smell is usually due to a benign growth called nasal polyps. Chronic sinus infection sometimes is the cause. A skull fracture is a rare cause. For help see an otolaryngologist or an allergist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Dust Mite Allergy (Definition)

Dust mite allergy is an abnormal immune response to the typically benign dust mite protein. Dust mites are present in most houses found in the bedding, carpets and fabrics. The dust mite is microscopic but it's droppings and body parts trigger allergic symptoms in sensitized individuals. Symptoms usually include nasal congestion, discharge, sneezing and eye symptoms. It can ...Read more


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Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes in a child and mood swings? What is an allergy med with no side effects for dust mite allergy?

Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes in a child and mood swings? What is an allergy med with no side effects for dust mite allergy?

Yes: I have seen some of those side effects with zyrtec, though not often. You can try claritin syrup or allegra syrup and see it they have little or no side effects. An alternative would be a nasal spray like Flonase or nasonex (mometasone). Good luck ...Read more

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Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children? Evaluating whether to give this to my son for dust mite allergy

Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children?  Evaluating whether to give this to my son for dust mite allergy

Possible: but not common. Sleepiness and dry mouth are the most commonly reported side effects. Irritability, behavioral problems and rapid heart rate have occurred in less than 1% of pediatric patients in a large study. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby tested positive for a dust mite allergy?

What should I do if my baby tested positive for a dust mite allergy?

Two approaches: A. Reduce the dust mite allergen exposure -- place dust mite proof covers on pillow and mattress. Wash the linen in hot water once a week. Remove soft/plush toys from the bed (if possible). B. If the above interventions are not enough, an allergy medicine could be tried to control the inflammation caused by the dust mite exposure. ...Read more

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What kind of vacuum cleaner should I get for a dust mite allergy?

What kind of vacuum cleaner should I get for a dust mite allergy?

A maid: The best thing is to let someone else do the vacuuming. Hepa-filter vacuums help some, but they still stir up the dust around them because of the exhausted air coming out of the vaccum. At least see if you can trade chores with another in the household, and stay out of the room where the vacuum is running! ...Read more

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Need a futon for my new apt. Tend to have allergies. If I get a used one, could I get a dust mite allergy?

Need a futon for my new apt. Tend to have allergies. If I get a used one, could I get a dust mite allergy?

Not really: If you're genetically predisposed to develop a dust mite allergy, you will be exposed to enough dust mite allergen that an allergy will develop. It may come on faster if you have huge, frequent exposures, but an old futon in and of itself won't cause the allergy. Beat the cushions (outdoors!) when you first get it, then get it steamcleaned to remove as much dust mite allergen as you can. ...Read more

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How do I tell if this is a dust mite allergy?

How do I tell if this is a dust mite allergy?

Year round symptoms: Since dust mites are in our pillows, mattress, box springs, bedding, symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, that is worse in the morning can be related to dust mites. For a little more information on dust mites, please see my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2012/11/dust-mites-just-the-facts/. ...Read more

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Would being around barn animals effect a dust mite allergy?

Would being around barn animals effect a dust mite allergy?

Dust mites: It might make it worse. Most times a dust mite allergy is worse in the home environment and other factors come into play around farm animals. Dust mites like human skin. ...Read more

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I just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

I just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

Control dust: Specific allergy covers for the mattress , box spring and pillows can help. Low humidity in winter kills the dust mites. Try to avoid carpeting and similar reservoirs for dust mies. Medications can help with symptoms. Allergy injections are very effective with dust mite allergy. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Mite Allergy (Definition)

Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in dust. They are in the spider family but do not bite. People who are allergic to dust mites react to the feces of the dust mite. Allergic reactions could include ...Read more