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Does Everyone Have Dust Mites
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Nothing to do: Dust mites are everywhere they really can't be avoided. ...Read more
Dust elimination: If possible at all, stay away from wall-to-wall carpeting, fabric window drapes. For forced- air heating systems, apply filters on registers, if not, vacuum your carpets daily using a hepa filter. Wipe dust off all surfaces (no feather dusters). Keep away dust collectors - books, stuffed animals from bedrooms. Encase mattresses and pillows in dust-mite resistant material. ...Read more
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Some options: Use dust mite covers on pillows and mattresses, hypoallergenic pillows, latex mattress, use a hepa vacuum cleaner, vapor steam cleaner, try a quality air purifier, dehumidifier, good filters for the furnace, avoid venetian blinds & try anti-allergen carpet cleaner (best not to have carpeting). ...Read more
Yes: A vinyl dust cover will prevent dust mites from attaching to the mattress. If dust is an allergy issue add eucalyptus oil to the wash to kill dust mites. ...Read more
Different symptoms: While bug bites can lead to a rash, dust mites (and their fecal pellets) trigger asthma and allergic rhinitis especially at night. Dust mites can trigger eczema in some. For more information on dust mites go to my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2012/11/dust-mites-just-the-facts/. ...Read more
Interesting: Never heard that the skin would be susceptible to insect bites more than someone else's unless the smell of the skin- soaps, colognes, perfumes, etc. Maybe attracts the bugs more. You might try not wearing anything that has a fragrance to it- even washing clothes in fragrance free detergent and dryer sheets. ...Read more
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Test and they said I scored a 1 with cat dander and a 3+ with dust mites. What do these numbers mean?
Different scores: Different labs "grade" the severity of your allergies by numbers systems. Usually the lower the number, the less severe the allergy or how your body reacts. However, the number does not always correlate to your actual symptoms. So even though you may have just a "1" score to cats, you could still have symptoms if you have a lot of exposure. Avoidance is still bst when trying to keep symtoms away. ...Read more
Been dealing with bites from beginning of the year and discovered bb in my home but my bites do not look like bb bites they look like dust mites bite?
Bed bugs: These can be difficult to get rid of. You need to consult with a professional to have your house made free of these. Dust mites do not bite. ...Read more
What could cause someone at 2.5 years of age to suddenly become allergic to several foods, dust mites and become hypoglaucemia and fat not break down?
There are several genetic disorders that present @ 18 months and 2 yrs of life.
You need to see your pediatrician and a geneticist. ...Read more
Yes: Theoretically yes. If she is not emptying the receptacle or changing the bag between jobs, then yes. Also, if she knows she serviced a place with dust mites, she should disinfect her equipment. ...Read more
Dust mites: This is not a medical question, but an allergist in your area may be able to make some suggestions. You might also call a local expert on insects at your local UCal campus. ...Read more
They are everywhere: Dust mites are not just in your mattress. They are in your clothes, your carpet, your curtains, and all your upholstered furniture. Most allergists are able to help you figure out how to reduce (not eliminate) exposure to dust mites. ...Read more
Blood/or skin: That means you have IgE antibody to one or more of the mite allergens. However it does not by itself prove that you will have an allergic condition. Generally the bigger the skin test reaction, the higher the blood test result, the more likely you will have symptoms when challenged to mite allergens. ...Read more
Yes: Dust mites are usually components of the dust that you can see in your home. ...Read more
If you use an unwashed bed pillow for 20yrs wouldn't dust mite issues and other "bugs" cause health problems?
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 exercise since I'd doubt that even a homeless person would allow the pillow unwashed for 20 years. ...Read more
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