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Dust Mite Allergy In Children
Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children? Evaluating whether to give this to my son for dust mite allergy
See a good allergist: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is the most potent of the new antihistamines and while it is very effective as an allergy medication, it does have side-effects, although rarely seen. For instance, 10% of kids/adults have a very hard time waking up in morning if on this med, or feeling drained, tired. My family has experienced this first hand....so behavioral changes is certainly possible I expect. Talk to your allergist. ...Read more
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
Allergy measures: No carpeting. Special allergy pillow and mattress covers, sweep floors on a regular basis, dust using something on the rag (a cleaning solution) to pick up the dust and mites and not spread them into the air. Also have the heating and cooling cleaned and change or cleaned. And clean or replace the furnace filters on a regular basis. ...Read more
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
It depends on what symptoms are caused by dust mite allergy and exposure. Most common would be nasal syptoms (allergic rhinitis) and oral antihistamines or topical steroids or antihistamines are very effective. Dust mite exposure in allergic people also can contribute to allergic eczema (atopic dermatitis) and asthma. They are treated in the usual way.
But best is to avoid dust mite exposure. ...Read more
Dust Mite allergy: 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 trigger asthma at times. ...Read more
Not much different..: ...From home, except that you may not have much control over your environment at work. A clean, well-ventilated workplace is the key to dust control. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I have dust mite allergy! And I want to go out of town! Which better for my allergy cold city or beach?
The beach would likely be better. Dust mites tend to accumulate more in the winter due to the closing of the windows and poorer circulation.
To prepare you for your trip, I would discuss therapy options with your allergist/immunologist to make sure that you have minimal symptoms on your trip. If you have not seen an allergist, I would recommend seeing one to confirm your allergies. ...Read more
Combination: 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 & anti-allergen carpet cleaner (best not to have carpeting). 0h - were you asking about med tx - talk to your allergist about desensitization shots. ...Read more
HEPA: Talk with your doctor about a hepa vacuum cleaner that can filter the mites. ...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
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
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
May be.: Mite allergen fairly heavy, so it is not easily raised from carpets, bedding and furniture in a room unless disturbed. Humidity should be kept under 50%, . In illinois, you should run a dehumidifier in your house whenever heating is not on. Also, you should remove carpeting, wash bedding in hot water and detergent and encase bedding. Check for water leaks. An air purifier may help. Www. Aaaai. Org. ...Read more
No: Dust mites are heavy and settle into beds, carpets, etc. Air purifiers do not filter out such allergens because they are not airborne. Air purifiers do help with pet danders. ...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 more
Is zyrtek allergy med safe for a 7yr old, are there any natural ways to treat his dust mite allergy other than medicine everyday?
Of allergen is always the best. Guideline recommends
* Keep indoor relative humidity to 65% /day would allow mites to live.
*Vacuum at least 1x/wk. (include upholstered furniture)
*Encase mattress, box spring, pillows in densely weaved microfiber encasings
*Remove drape, carpeting whenever possible.
*Launder bedding at least 1x/wk
*Allergy shots if necessary. ...Read more
I suffer from dust mite allergy for like 5 years. I'm doing immunotherapy shots for 3 years, and no substantial good results. And drugs don't work. Why?
Ask the allergist: Too many variables to answer this. Your diagnosis or shots could be wrong. You should ask the allergist or physician who is prescribing the shots and if you cannot get a satisfactory answer consider a second opinion with another allergist. Look for allergists certified by the american board of allergy and immunology. A good source is the website of the am academy of allergy: aaaai. Org. ...Read more
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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