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Doctor insights on: How Should I Do Laundry To Minimize Allergies Due To Dust Mites And Mold

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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 can an adult develope allergys to mold, pollen, dust mites and grass?

How can an adult develope allergys to mold, pollen, dust mites and grass?

Gene & environment: When your genes and the changing environment intreacts, some people would develop allergies. Allergy develops because your immune system has been redirected to react to otherwise innocuous substances such as animal dander, pollen, dust mite,mold, food etc. The stronger a family history of allergic diseases, the more likely you are going to become allergic. ...Read more

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Are dust/dust mite/dust mold same?Please tell me all possible management options for dust allergy. Including medicines, if needed.

Are dust/dust mite/dust mold same?Please tell me all possible management options for dust allergy. Including medicines, if needed.

Very similar: Those are basically some of the things that make up what dust is, and dust mites are tiny arachnids that live in and around these particles, typically in warm, humid places.In particular, they love mattresses, pillows, upholstered furniture, and carpet. Medical treatment would include a long acting antihistamine, a leukotriene, a prescription nasal spray(s) and/or even allergy shots. ...Read more

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Does this rash look like hives, or is it due to dust mites? Or even food allergy?

Does this rash look like hives, or is it due to dust mites? Or even food allergy?

Urticaria: Can't see a picture of your rash to see if it has the typical wheal and flare of hives, sort of like a mosquito bite or TB skin test in appearance. Caused by allergies to many things, including latex and dyes. Also result from viral illnesses. Best to seek treatment. Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every 6 hrs in the meantime. If throat swelling or shortness of breath, ER. http://www.dermnet.com/images/Urticaria-Acute ...Read more

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

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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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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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

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What can be done about house dust mite allergies?

What can be done about house dust mite allergies?

Lots: Dust mites a creatures that are related to tick and spiders. They are commonly found in upholstered furniture and bedding. There are dust mite covers that can be purchased for use on your bed. Google mission:allergy. ...Read more

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When i'm on the allergy test, what is the allergen on top of dust mites?

When i'm on the allergy test, what is the allergen on top of dust mites?

Varies by allergist: Each allergist arranges their allergy skin test in their own way. There is no standard pattern for arranging allergy skin tests. It would be necessary to speak to the allergist who placed the skin test. ...Read more

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If I have allergies, is it essential for me to get rid of all the dust mites in my house?

No, just do this: Miteproof encasements for pillow, mattress & comforter. Get these online. Remove bedroom carpet; all carpeting if possible. Leather sofa. Place dirty sheets in dryer for 15 minutes desiccating mites - then wash in cold or warm water - cheaper & much safer than hot water. Same deal for plush toys. Hepa purifiers are not useful for dust mites. Bedroom curtains are ok. ...Read more

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I got allergy testing showed positive for dust mites. Is regular dust same thing ? I had to quit working in area full of dust bec of my allergies

Varies: Dust is a collection of debris including many things; dirt,fume particulate, and depending on the area,the bodies of dead dust mites. Homes have a higher percentage of dust mites because they live on the dead skin you shed into bedding. Industrial or offices would have less.People can have similar reactions to the irritant qualities of dust.The tests serve only as a confirmation ...Read more

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Can allergies to mold and dust cause burping?

Can allergies to mold and dust cause burping?

No: Mold and dust are airborne allergens, with the usual symptoms being runny nose, stuffy nose, mild cough, and itching in the nose and/or eyes. People whose have asthma symptoms can get more wheezing and coughing when the air has mold or dust. Burping is not a respiratory symptom, but instead is from air escaping up from the stomach. Burping is not caused by airborne allergens. ...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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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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I have allergies to mites and mold; how do I avoid them?

I have allergies to mites and mold; how do I avoid them?

Humidity Control: Both usually thrive in humid conditions (although some molds such as penicillium do not necessarily require high humidity), so using a dehumidifier may help and stopping any water leaks. For dust mites you should use bedding and pillow encasements and wash your sheets in hot water. A cochrane review also suggests that acaricides in conjunction with the above measures is best. ...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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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