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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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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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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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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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With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

Dust mite barrier: Covering your mattress with an impermeable dust mite barrier and washing sheets in hot water weekly as well as removing extra pillows and thick comforters are the most important steps to avoid dust mite allergy reactions. ...Read more

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If I have allergies to dust, do I need to hire a housekeeper?

If I have allergies to dust, do I need to hire a housekeeper?

Not necessarily: Most who are allergic to dust are allergic to dust mites which are one of the components of dust. Dust, as an aside, is a very complex microenvironment filled with dust mites, pollens, animal allergens, molds, bacteria and other detritus. Dust mite covers for bedding are very effective. Wet dusting can be helpful and most newer vacuum cleaners have hepa filters built in. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as dust allergies?

Is there such thing as dust allergies?

Dust mites: Usually it isn't the dust but dust mites that cause the allergic reaction, but for your there is no difference. Dust reduction will help. ...Read more

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Does dust allergies make you hoarse?

Does dust allergies make you hoarse?

Maybe: As a general statement, hoarseness as the main symptom would probably not be related to dust allergy. However, if one had significant nasal symtpoms with post nasal drip then maybe. ...Read more

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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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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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How can I get rid of dust basement/basement allergies?

How can I get rid of dust basement/basement allergies?

Mold: the elevated humidity in the basement allows molds to thrive. Be sure the basement is not covered with carpeting and the drainage is adequate around your house. Molds also thrive in stagnant air and thus some air movement at all times would help to reduce the humidity as well. Remove anything which has been infested with mold (drywall, particle boards ete) Unclutter! ...Read more

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What are some ways to deal with pollen, dust allergies?

Prevention & meds: Dust prevention: hypoallergenic mattress sheet and pillow case, vacuum often, avoid clutter in room, change ac filter often, never use ceiling fan, air-purifier. Pollen prevention. Sinus rinse, shower after returning from outdoor, be proactive about medicine by checking pollen.Com. Days with high pollen count make sure to take your meds. Meds: otc like claritine/zyrtec, nasal spray rx by md. ...Read more

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Are dust allergies related to bug bites or spider bites?

Are dust allergies related to bug bites or spider bites?

No: However the venom of bugs can render you allergic to it. ...Read more

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What is the best air purifier for dust allergy sufferers?

Most allergists: Recommend a hepa type filter..Not ionizing type. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-purifiers.htm. ...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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Allergen (Definition)

A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragweed pollen, ...Read more