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Drywall Dust Allergy
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
One day to years: If the dust mite exposure is avoided, symptoms may resolve in a few hours without treatment. If there has been significant, prolonged exposure, it may take weeks or months to resolve without treatment. If the mold exposure cannot be avoided, the symptoms will last indefinitely.
Yes: Dust mite covers, that are from a reputable company, are very effective. Many companies sell "dust mite covers" that are not very good. One resource mission:allergy for covers.
Alergy shots: Your best results will be achieve if you get desensitized to dust by allergen immunotherapy, the response is over 95% and is long lasting, consult an allergist.
Avoidance and meds: The primary treatment for allergies is avoidance. Even though 100% of dust cannot be removed, many measures can help decrease the indoor house dust mite load. After that, medications including antihistamines and topical nasal steroids can be effective and safe. An allergist can assist in treatment and evaluation for other conditions.
Vocal chords: If dust is overwhelming and daily, yes the dust allergy could swell vocal chords, get you hoarse. Another cause is acid reflux, constantly, over time would make you hoarse.
Changing: Currently the best chronic treatment for nasal allergy symptoms that is available over the counter is probably nasalcrom. If you are having sneezing and runny nose only, you could try any one of the antihistamines such as zyrtec or claritin. Later this year, nasacort (triamcinolone) will be coming out soon as an over the counter product. That will be the best choice for preventing nasal congestion.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sinuses have tiny openings into the nasal cavity allowing air exchange. When the nasal cavities are "congested" either from allergies (any cause), or a prolonged cold, these openings are blocked. The oxygen in the sinuses then slowly disappear and thus allows excessive growth of bacteria and consequently may cause sinus infections.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
Night symptoms: Most patients with dust mite allergy have year round symptoms at night or upon awakening with nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose. Dusting or vacuuming can worsen symptoms. An allergist can test to confirm or rule out dust mite allergy. Many things can be done to decrease dust mite exposure if one is found to be allergic.
Avoid aerosols: If you are prone to airborne allergies, go with a roll on deodorant. There's no relation between dust and deodoarant but anything aerosolized if breathed in can cause a bronchspastic response.
Dust happens!: Dust: irritating on airways in pretty much everyone. However, it can also contain allergens that trigger allergy in susceptible persons. House dust contains, among bits of pollen, animal particles, mold spores, unique allergens from the house dust mite (HDM). Exposure to HDM can cause allergy, and treated like any other allergy: reduce exposure, medication, and possibly allergy shots.See 1 more doctor answer
Dust allergy: I assume you refer to indoor dust, which can be a combination of different allergens commonly found indoor like dust mites, cats, dogs, cockroach, rodent and you likely develop sensitivities to any of those allergens. Depending which type of allergens or how bad your symptoms are, you might just need one or all of those: environmental control, take different allergy medications, desensitization.