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Can A Dust Mite Allergy Be Causing Me To Loose My Sense Of Smell
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
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, and rapid heart beat in children? Evaluating whether to give this to my son for 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Can I take fexofenadine and benedryl together. Or is there something else I can do to help with a dust mite allergy?
Yes and yes: Though not risky, the above med combination is hart on many. The benedryl makes many people drowsy so it can interfere with life. There are OTC nasal steroid sprays that can decrease symptoms.Your nasal membranes are often the site where most discomfort is triggered. The sprays (rhinocort,nasocort,etc.) take several days to make a difference, but might help if used daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Hi again just wondering I have a pounding heartbeat can that come from a dust mite allergy or is it anxiety
Hard to say: Acute symptoms due to a specific exposure can last for one to two hours; less if treated immediately with antihistamines. But dust mite allergen is very common in the environment, so continued exposure throughout the night and day can cause continuous symptoms. If taking an antihistamine on a regular basis doesn't help, see your primary physician or allergist. ...Read more
How do I know when my son has allergies or a virus? He has had stuffy/runny nose for a month no other symptoms. He does have a dust mite allergy
Virus vs. allergy: Initially, both viruses and allergies can produce similar symptoms such as clear runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, slight cough, etc. However, symptoms from a viral infection should resolve within 10-14 days, while allergy symptoms will linger until treated or until the allergen is removed. ...Read more
Wake up with stuffed nose, mucus in the back of my throat, bloodshot eyes. I bought an air purifier which isn't helping. Is this a dust mite allergy?
Doubt it.: In a room where one person lives, it might take as little as a week to get dusty enough for discomfort. ...Read more
Lots of options: Avoidance helps, which can be achieved somewhat by washing sheets/bedding on super-hot water (130 f) once per week and encasing the mattresses and pillows with dust mite covers that are impermeable to dust mites. Medications may relieve symptoms, and these medications usually include over the counter antihistamines and prescription nasal sprays. Allergy shots can cure this type of allergy. ...Read more
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
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