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What will really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

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

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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Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Unfortunately, no: To truly decrease dust mite symptoms, several measures are needed including encasements over bedding, hot water washing, reducing humidity and no carpet or frequent vacuuming. Some sprays kill mites, others denature mite proteins, but by themselves they are not sufficient to decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the sympthoms of dust mite allergies?

What are the sympthoms of dust mite allergies?

Sneeze, congestion: The typical symptoms are nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, eyes itching and watery, occasionally looking red. On the skin itchy skin, and rash, on the ears itchy ears and ear canals. If ingested the typical symptoms of anaphylaxis. ...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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I've had chronic hives for four years. My husband just developed identical symptoms. Allergy to dust mites but could there be another underlying cause?

I've had chronic hives for four years. My husband just developed identical symptoms. Allergy to dust mites but could there be another underlying cause?

HIVES FOR FOUR YEARS: YOUR BEST BET IS CONSULT WITH A DERMATOLOGIST OR AN ALLERGIST. THESE DOCTORS WILL BE ABLE TO TEST BOTH OF YOU TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU BOTH MIGHT BE ALLERGIC TO. DO NOT WAIT! BEST LUCK TO YOU BOTH. . . ...Read more

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7yr old has had congestion for 3 weeks, no other symptoms. Could This Be Due To his dust mite allergy? Are there any homeopathic ways to cure it?

7yr old has had congestion for 3 weeks, no other symptoms. Could This Be Due To his dust mite allergy?  Are there any homeopathic ways to cure it?

Possibly but...: Yes, congestion could be related to allergies and dust mites are among the most common allergens, but it could be related to other allergies, food sensitivities or a low-grade infection. If this persists, blood tests or skin tests can be done to identify allergens. Minimizing exposures is important. Classical homeopathy has the potential to cure allergies with the help of a skilled homeopath. ...Read more

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How do I know when my son has allergies or a virus? He has had stuffy/runny nose for a month no other symptoms. He does have a dust mite allergy

How do I know when my son has allergies or a virus?  He has had stuffy/runny nose for a month no other symptoms. He does have a dust mite allergy

Virus vs. allergy: Initially, both viruses and allergies can produce similar symptoms such as clear runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, slight cough, etc. However, symptoms from a viral infection should resolve within 10-14 days, while allergy symptoms will linger until treated or until the allergen is removed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Test shows allergy to dust mites?

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

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I got allergy tested for dust mites is that same thing as house dust or regular dust?

Composition: House dust has the carcuses of dead dust mites as a significant component. There is other unrelated particulate but the mites provide the protein source that people are allergic to. You don't get allergic to dirt particles. ...Read more

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A good site about dust mite allergies?

A good site about dust mite allergies?

Missionallergy.com: This is an allergy-products company founded by an allergist, so the information on the site is solid and reputable. They also make the best of the various types of dust mite encasings on the market. ...Read more

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In an allergy test, is house dust the same thing as dust mites?

In an allergy test, is house dust the same thing as dust mites?

A little different: House dust is a mixture of stuff that accumulates in your carpets and upholstered furniture - house dust mites (hdm), molds, animal dander, even food particles & pollen. Hdm is an arachnid with 8 legs more closely related to spiders than to insects. Because hdm is the primary allergen in house dust the terms are sometimes inprecisely used interchangeably. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good natual remedies for allergies to cats and dust mites?

Could you tell me what are good natual remedies for allergies to cats and dust mites?

Allergy medicines: Allergy medicines are safe and effective and many are now over the counter. Saline nasal sprays can given some relief but otherwise natural remedies are not terribly helpful and can interact with other medicines. ...Read more

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Can an allergy to dust mites and living in a house with a lot of dust be preventing me from exhaling fully?

Can an allergy to dust mites and  living in a house with a lot of dust be preventing me from exhaling fully?

Maybe: Allergies to dust and dust mites can worsen symptoms in people allergic to these allergens, especially in asthmatics triggered by these allergens. ...Read more

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Where can I learn more about dust mite allergies?

Where can I learn more about dust mite allergies?

Internet: You can google it and there should be a lot of references available. Choose the ones that are easier for you to understand. ...Read more

Mite (Definition)

Any of various small or minute arachnids of the order acarina that are often parasitic on animals and plants, infest stored food products, and in ...Read more


Runny Nose, Made Worse By Exposure To Allergen Or Irritants (Definition)

Runny nose, made worse by exposure to allergen or irritants ...Read more