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What should I do if my baby tested positive for a dust mite allergy?

What should I do if my baby tested positive for a dust mite allergy?

Two approaches: A. Reduce the dust mite allergen exposure -- place dust mite proof covers on pillow and mattress. Wash the linen in hot water once a week. Remove soft/plush toys from the bed (if possible). B. If the above interventions are not enough, an allergy medicine could be tried to control the inflammation caused by the dust mite exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Dust Mite Allergy (Definition)

Dust mite allergy is an abnormal immune response to the typically benign dust mite protein. Dust mites are present in most houses found in the bedding, carpets and fabrics. The dust mite is microscopic but it's droppings and body parts trigger allergic symptoms in sensitized individuals. Symptoms usually include nasal congestion, discharge, sneezing and eye symptoms. It can ...Read more


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What can I do for a dust mite allergy?

What can I do for a dust mite allergy?

Mite allergy: There are products available to reduce the mite population. Ask you allergist for info. Also immunotherapy is very successful for improving your resistance to dust mites. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a dust mite allergy?

How do I know if I have a dust mite allergy?

Allergy testing: Allergy testing either skin testing/blood test, usually strong history is suggestive but a definitive answer would be through testing. ...Read more

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How do I tell if this is a dust mite allergy?

Year round symptoms: Since dust mites are in our pillows, mattress, box springs, bedding, symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, that is worse in the morning can be related to dust mites. For a little more information on dust mites, please see my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2012/11/dust-mites-just-the-facts/. ...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?

Dust mites: It might make it worse. Most times a dust mite allergy is worse in the home environment and other factors come into play around farm animals. Dust mites like human skin. ...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 just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

I just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

Control dust: Specific allergy covers for the mattress , box spring and pillows can help. Low humidity in winter kills the dust mites. Try to avoid carpeting and similar reservoirs for dust mies. Medications can help with symptoms. Allergy injections are very effective with dust mite allergy. ...Read more

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What kind of vacuum cleaner should I get for a dust mite allergy?

What kind of vacuum cleaner should I get for a dust mite allergy?

A maid: The best thing is to let someone else do the vacuuming. Hepa-filter vacuums help some, but they still stir up the dust around them because of the exhausted air coming out of the vaccum. At least see if you can trade chores with another in the household, and stay out of the room where the vacuum is running! ...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


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Mite Allergy (Definition)

Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in dust. They are in the spider family but do not bite. People who are allergic to dust mites react to the feces of the dust mite. Allergic reactions could include ...Read more