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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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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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Vacuum cleaner brand with hepa filter for dust mite and dust allergy?

Vacuum cleaner brand with hepa filter for dust mite and dust allergy?

Vaccuums: Any brand with a true hepa filter should be adequate. The problem of ineffective filtering typically comes from not keeping the filter clean, or replacing as needed. ...Read more

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Do dust allergy bedding products work effectively?

Yes: Dust mite covers, that are from a reputable company, are very effective. Many companies sell "dust mite covers" that are not very good. One resource mission:allergy for covers. ...Read more

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Would being around barn animals effect a dust mite allergy?

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 best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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What is remedy for house dust mite allergy?

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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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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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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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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I've dust-mite allergy.Should I bother about outdoor environment? or, only indoor environment?Do Veramyst and patanase help with dust-mite allergy?

I've dust-mite allergy.Should I bother about outdoor environment? or, only indoor environment?Do Veramyst and patanase help with dust-mite allergy?

Work on indoors: There are several things you can do indoors to decrease allergy symptoms from dust mites. Air filters, avoiding open shelves, get rid of carpeting, damp dusting, wear a mask while cleaning, avoid stuffed animals and other items in your bedroom that collect dust, and use an allergy cover on your pillow and mattress. Nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines do help. Outdoor environ is hard to control ...Read more

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I have allergic asthma & seasonal allergies. Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

Depends: Are you allergic to these allergens? If so yes it can cause runny nose and headaches. If you don't know what you are allergic to, speak to doctor get an allergy test. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...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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Does an allergy scratch test test for mold and dust allergies?

Does an allergy scratch test test for mold and dust allergies?

Yes: Skin allergy testing can check for number of allergens. These include environmental and food allergens. ...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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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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Is there any preventive measures to avoid pollen allergy besides allergy shots?

Is there any preventive measures to avoid pollen allergy besides allergy shots?

Allergic rhinitis: Staying inside the house during pollen season seems like the best answer. But that's not practical. So , in addition to wearing a mask, do not forget to clean your outer clothes, accessories and shoes before getting back in your house to prevent pollen from being trapped inside the house. Taking a shower will help remove pollen adhering to your skin. Antihistamines plus nasal steroids will help. ...Read more

Allergen (Definition)

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