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Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children? Evaluating whether to give this to my son 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

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

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Dust Mite Allergy (Definition)

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


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Symptoms of a dust mite allergy?

Symptoms of a dust mite allergy?

Mostly...: Runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, sometimes asthma. Rarely, skin rash. ...Read more

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How to control dust mite allergy?

How to control dust mite allergy?

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

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What can I do for a dust mite allergy?

What can I do for a dust mite allergy?

Mite allergy: There are products available to reduce the mite population. Ask you allergist for info. Also immunotherapy is very successful for improving your resistance to dust mites. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a dust mite allergy?

How do I know if I have a dust mite allergy?

Allergy testing: Allergy testing either skin testing/blood test, usually strong history is suggestive but a definitive answer would be through testing. ...Read more

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How do I tell if this is a dust mite allergy?

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

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What is the best medicine for dust mite allergy?

What is the best medicine for dust mite allergy?

Avoidance: 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

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Would being around barn animals effect a dust mite allergy?

No: Usually dust mites are associated with fabric surfaces feeding on human dander. This would not occur in barns or on animals. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dust mite allergy?

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

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Does someone have any experience with dust mite allergy at work?

Does someone have any experience with dust mite allergy at work?

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

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What will really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Controversial: Some recent studies are suggesting that there is not much that can be done about environmental control for dust mites. I usually recommend washing bed linens weekly in hot water, allergen encasings, and keeping bedroom as uncluttered as possible. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of a dust mite allergy usually last for?

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

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What should I do if my baby tested positive for a dust mite allergy?

What should I do if my baby tested positive for a 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 more

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I just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

I just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

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

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Will carpet be ok for my dust mite allergy if I clean it yearly?

Will carpet be ok for my dust mite allergy if I clean it yearly?

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

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I have dust mite allergy! And I want to go out of town! Which better for my allergy cold city or beach?

I have dust mite allergy! And I want to go out of town! Which better for my allergy cold city or beach?

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

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What is the best dust mite allergy treatment?

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

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What is remedy for house dust mite allergy?

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

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Can a dust mite allergy be causing me to loose my sense of smell?

Can a dust mite allergy be causing me to loose my sense of smell?

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

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What kind of vacuum cleaner should I get for a dust mite allergy?

What kind of vacuum cleaner should I get for a dust mite allergy?

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

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I have a high intensity dust mite allergy, could an air purifier help?

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

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I have a high intensity dust mite allergy. What air purifier will help?

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

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Need a futon for my new apt. Tend to have allergies. If I get a used one, could I get a dust mite allergy?

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

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Can I take fexofenadine and benedryl together. Or is there something else I can do to help with a dust mite allergy?

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

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Is zyrtek allergy med safe for a 7yr old, are there any natural ways to treat his dust mite allergy other than medicine everyday?

Is zyrtek allergy med safe for a 7yr old, are there any natural ways to treat his dust mite allergy other than medicine everyday?

Avoidance: 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

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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?

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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Could eye secretions be symptoms of home dust mite allergy?

Possible: Dust mite allergy can cause a variety of allergy symptoms including allergic conjunctivitis, allergic rhinitis and asthma. The symptoms of ac can include red, watery itchy eyes. ...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


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Mite Allergy (Definition)

Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in dust. They are in the spider family but do not bite. People who are allergic to dust mites react to the feces of the dust mite. Allergic reactions could include ...Read more