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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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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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What can you do to make your home allergy proof against dust and airborne allergens?

What can you do to make your home allergy proof against dust and airborne allergens?

Depends: Dust mites: encase all bedding. Remove carpeting. Replace sofa with a leather one. Pets: remove pets. Sorry, it works. Hepa air purifier may help. Open windows. Mold: control dampness. Repair leaks. Remove wood & wicker baskets from indoor plants. Hepa air purifier. Open windows. Pollen: close windows during daytime. Hepa air purifier. For all: eliminate smoking & wood fires in fireplace. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to dust mites. What can I do if i live in a dusty place?

I'm allergic to dust mites. What can I do if i live in a dusty place?

Dust-proofing: Good morning, you face the same situation many others face, especially those whose live in someone else's house. You need to take measures to reduce dust, if it is your house. These include everyday cleaning and dust-proofing. If you live in a dusty surrounding, keep the doors and windows closed, and do frequent cleaning. Indoor dust proofing can be achieved by use of dust-proof bed covers, etc. ...Read more

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I use headphones that cover the ear completely and was wondering if they can get dust mite problems as I have a allergy to dust mitesthanks?

I use headphones that cover the ear completely and was wondering if they can get dust mite problems as I have a allergy to dust mitesthanks?

No: The ear canals are not the site dust mite favors. Their favorite dwelling place is your bed (mattress, pillow, box spring, and even comforter). I hope you have mite-proof encasings on the above items but don't expect miracles even if you have the covers on these items. ...Read more

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What should be done to bed pillows to reduce allergies, asthma and dermatitis?

What should be done to bed pillows to reduce allergies, asthma and dermatitis?

Hypoallergenic: Buy hypoallergenic ones, and wash the case once a week or so using a detergent that does not bother you. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I am allergic to be stings ? I do have severe allergies to outdoor pollen and cat dander.

What are the chances that I am allergic to be stings ? I do have severe allergies to outdoor pollen and cat dander.

If never stung...: ...Then likely will be "ok" with first sting (not that it won't hurt, just should have localized reaction). If atopic (=allergic to lots of stuff, particularly if fair skin, blond/red hair, blue eyes), then you may become allergic to it for next sting, which will have more substantial symptoms / reaction. ...Read more

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How do you minimize dust and irritation to the eyes when you're living in a polluted and dusty city?

How do you minimize dust and irritation to the eyes when you're living in a polluted and dusty city?

Air conditioning: An air conditioner is a great start. A hepa air purifier can also help. You don't need both. Eliminate all smoking from your home environment including candles & fireplaces. An electric range is preferable to gas. Limit use of aerosol sprays in the home. When you clean ventilate well with open windows & wear eye protection. Wear close fitting sunglasses when venturing outdoors. Avoid smog. ...Read more

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How can I clean up. Mold spores without just stirring them around more and what if anything to use besides bleach?how can I kill mold spores?

How can I clean up. Mold spores without just stirring them around more and what if anything to use besides bleach?how can I kill mold spores?

Get a service: If the area involved is rather small , you may attempt to clean it up with bleach then drying by taking the proper precautions (face mask, goggles) unless you are highly allergic to molds. Any material especially dry walls & particle boards contaminated must be removed. The source of water must be corrected. For any area larger than a few square feet, it is best to get a professional to do it. ...Read more

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How to avoid dust allergies when away from home?

How to avoid dust allergies when away from home?

Not easy, use meds: Allergy symptoms are expected when exposed to what cause them in a particular person. Know where you will stay in advance, if there is a choice, prefer non-carpeted, vacuumed rooms. Remember to use maintenance medications to prevent allergy flare up. Use nasal/sinus saline washes to reduce dust in nose passages. Stay outdoors if there is no pollen allergy. ...Read more

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Can you recommend what to do to get rid of bed bugs and dust mites?

Lots of work.: Declutter entire bedroom/ home. Check this site for instructions: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/ place all junk in tightly sealed plastic & dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean items in a sealed bag to prevent re-infestation.Steam clean what you can't place in drier. Vacuum everything using a disposable bag. Seal bag &. ...Read more

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My kid is alergic to milk and dust what can I do to minimize his alergys?

My kid is alergic to milk and dust what can I do to minimize his alergys?

Milk allergy: You probably already know to withhold cow's milk and dairy. Be meticulous about reading ingredients because a lot of prepared foods contain milk products in the form of whey. Environmental changes definitely helps reduce dust allergy symptoms - mattress and pillow encasings, air purifier with a hepa-filter, no rugs on the floor, no fabric curtains, no stuffed toys and books, frequent vacuuming etc. ...Read more

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Air dust trigger my asthma badly..antihistamine and singular dont help ...do I need allergist for shots protect from dust or what can help !

Air dust trigger my asthma badly..antihistamine and singular dont help ...do I need allergist for shots protect from dust or what can help !

? Allergic asthma: antihistamines and singulair (montelukast) won't control your asthma, you need more prescription medications, mainly inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilators, more important though is to get evaluated right for better management, you might other conditions that make your asthma worse, like chronic sinusitis or reflux, you may be a candidate for allergy shots, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist ...Read more

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Hello doctor Allergy to dust smoke how can I tart it ?

Hello doctor
Allergy to dust smoke how can I tart it ?

Allergies: It depends what type of reaction you are having. Allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis is most common which manifests as water and itches eyes/nose. Many patients get relief from antihistamine medications such as loratadine and cetirizine. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to axe body spray and house dust. How do I get rid of my allergies that make my nose run and sneeze?

I'm allergic to axe body spray and house dust. How do I get rid of my allergies  that make my nose run and sneeze?

Avoidance: First you need to pinpoint the triggers such as axe body spray and dust mites then avoid them. However most people with allergic diseases are not allergic to just a few allergens. For the dust mites, special mite-proof encasings for the mattress, box spring, and pillows are recommended. If otc medications such as antihistamine/decongestant did not help. Consult your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?

I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?

Allergy treatments : Try avoid exposure to ragweed and pollen first, then using hepa filter system and vacuum your carpet more often. Then OTC antihistamines, decongestants, or Neti pot Normal Saline nasal rinse. See an allergy doctor for advice and more potent treatments if neccesary. ...Read more

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My nose is allergic to dust how to prevent it with filters, etc?

My nose is allergic to dust how to prevent it with filters, etc?

Dust mite covers: There are covers that one can buy that specifically seal dust mites in bedding. For cleaning, wet dust don't dry dust, use a hepa filter in the vacuum cleaner. ...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