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Is there such thing as dust allergies?

Is there such thing as dust allergies?

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. ...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


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How long could carpet/dust allergy reaction last?

How long could carpet/dust allergy reaction last?

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. ...Read more

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Do dust allergy bedding products work effectively?

Do dust allergy bedding products work effectively?

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. ...Read more

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Suffering from dust allergy. Is there a cure for this?

Suffering from dust allergy. Is there a cure for this?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if my dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

What to do if my dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

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. ...Read more

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Please tell me can dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Please tell me can dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Not directly: The vocal cords are not usually the shock organ of respiratory allergies. However, you could have largyngitis from other conditions like infections and laryngopharyngeal reflux that aero allergens could secondarily aggravate. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Please tell me, could dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

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. ...Read more

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What's the best OTC med for house dust allergy? I'm suffering badly

What's the best OTC med for house dust allergy?  I'm suffering badly

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. ...Read more

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Does dust allergies cause sinusitis? Can sinusitis be caused by allergy to dust?

Does dust allergies cause sinusitis?         Can sinusitis be caused by allergy to dust?

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. ...Read more

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How can I control a dust allergy?

How can I control a dust allergy?

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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What can I do about dust allergies?

What can I do about dust allergies?

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. ...Read more

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I might have dust allergy, how can I tell?

I might have dust allergy, how can I tell?

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. ...Read more

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What can help my dust allergy be mitigated?

What can help my dust allergy be mitigated?

Filters and masks: Specially designed air purifiers with graded hepa filters will help minimize airborne particles that will precipitate allergies. In enviroments where this is not possible wearing a mask is another option. ...Read more

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Are deodrants bad if I have dust allergies?

Are deodrants bad if I have dust allergies?

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. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cat or dust allergies?

How do I know if I have cat or dust allergies?

An allergist : Could test you to help differentiate what you may be allergic to. Take care. ...Read more

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Are air fresheners bad if I have dust allergies?

Are air fresheners bad if I have dust allergies?

Probably not: But the strong odor might actually cause symptoms through a mechanism known as vaso motor rhinitis. ...Read more

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Why I have dust allergy and how can I cure it???

Why I have dust allergy and how can I cure it???

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. ...Read more

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I've got really bad dust allergy help pleaseee!?

I've got really bad dust allergy help pleaseee!?

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. ...Read more

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Dust allergy what can I do besides wearing a mask?

Dust allergy what can I do besides wearing a mask?

Natural : Consider saline nasal rises such as neilmed that you can get at any pharmacy without a prescription to remove nasal allergies but also using a otc med such as naph con a. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can avoid from dust allergies ?

Can i tell me how i can avoid from dust allergies ?

Dust allergy: End of day, change clothing, shower, pillow and sheet protective cover, air cleaner machine in room, change air filter on furnace. oil mop. vacuum. oil dust rag. your doctor could prescribe meds like singulair (montelukast) & Claritin. ...Read more

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I have a really bad dust allergy what would help it?

I have a really bad dust allergy what would help it?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any medicine for my bad dust allergy?

Can you tell me any medicine for my bad dust allergy?

Dust mite cover: Using dust mite cover or encasing for your mattress and pillows, wash the linen with hot water every week would kill the mites and decrease the amount of dust mite allergy. If OTC medications do not control your symptoms, you should see an allergist. There are several treatment options for dust mite allergy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some medicine for my bad dust allergy?

See an allergist: I assume you mean house dust mites. These are tiny insects that like humidity higher than 50%. They live on bedding, carpeting furniture and are increased also with pets. Removing carpets, buying a dehumidifier to ensure low humidity, encasing pillows and mattresses in mite-proof cases, washing bed linen in hot water strong detergent may help. Allergy medication will help. If not, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Dusty condtions at work; will I develop dust allergies?

Dusty condtions at work; will I develop dust allergies?

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. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the best medicine for dust allergy?

Please help! what is the best medicine for dust allergy?

Allergy medications: There are no certain medication for dust allergy. Treating allergy depends on your symptoms. Dust allergy, dust mite or any other environmental allergens can be associated with rhinitis, sinus infection, asthma or eczema. Depending on your symptoms and diseases, different medications are needed. Discuss with your local allergist for details information and best way to treat your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a fast way to find out if you have dust allergy?

Is there a fast way to find out if you have dust allergy?

Skin testing: Skin testing in an allergists office takes 30-45 minutes. ...Read more

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I have dust allergy whenever I am at home. What should I buy ?

I have dust allergy whenever I am at home. What should I buy ?

Dust covers: Buy dust covers for your pillow and mattress. The ones you want completely enclose the pillow or mattress and zip shut. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to clean without triggering my dust allergy?

Yes: Wear a niosh rated n95 respirator mask. Use either a central, cyclonic, or hepa vacuum cleaner. Reduce or remove rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture. Smooth surfaces are easier to clean. Do not clean at bedtime. It takes 2 hours for the dust to settle back down. ...Read more