Four common questions about dust mite allergies

dust mite allergies

Four common questions about dust mite allergies

Did you know it’s not actually the dust mites that get our noses all stuffy and our eyes all teary? It’s actually their droppings. Dust mites are inescapable and one of the most common causes of allergies, but that doesn’t make the symptoms less irritating.

Here are the answers to four of the most common questions about dust mite allergies, along with some tips to control your symptoms.

What is a dust mite allergy?

As mentioned, we aren’t actually allergic to dust mites, rather their droppings. When we inhale the proteins in the droppings or they touch the skin, our body produces histamine, giving you those irritating allergy symptoms. 

Symptoms of a dust mite allergy include a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, itching, wheezing, and loss of smell. Those with asthma might find dust mites aggravate their condition.

How can I control my symptoms?

Dust mites live in everyone’s home and are impossible to escape completely. But you can try to relieve your symptoms by making your house harder for them to live in. It’s suggested that little things like keeping the humidity low, regularly washing sheets, and dusting surfaces with a damp cloth can help relieve symptoms

A doctor may prescribe antihistamines to help control your symptoms. In worse cases, they may prescribe you corticosteroids, in the form of a nasal spray, to reduce inflammation. While a dust mite allergy rarely causes reactions as severe as anaphylaxis, the symptoms are still unpleasant and can leave you feeling out of control.

Is there a certain time of year that makes symptoms worse?

Unfortunately, symptoms of dust mite allergies last all year round, but allergen levels are at their peak between May and October, the peak breeding season for dust mites. But since we like to crank up the heat in the colder months, all the allergen-containing dust can come out from behind our radiators and from inside heaters and really aggravate symptoms.

A dust mite allergy can be frustrating, but is rarely deadly. To be certain your symptoms are that of a dust mite allergy, you should book yourself in for an allergy test. An allergist can get you results, put your mind at ease, and advise you on treatment and minimising your symptoms.

Our team of professionals at Allergy Clinic London are here to help if you need an allergy test or just some expert advice on how to handle your allergies. Get in touch now on 02031 433 449.

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