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What is dust allergy?


An allergy is an immediate reaction of the immune system to an unknown stimulus that may or may not be harmful to the body. This is typically caused by Dust Mites.

Over 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites. [1]

- Signs include sneezing and runny nose
- Symptoms are caused by inflammation of nasal passages
- The condition may be chronic
- Complications include sinus infections and asthma

Allergy to dust can be caused by dust mites. Dust mites are extremely tiny bugs that live in house dust and feed on the dead skin cells shed by people. Dust mites can survive through all climates and thrive, especially in warm environments. Although dust is an allergen to only certain people having the immune responses that constitute a dust mite allergy, they may induce sneezes in anyone.


- runny or itchy nose
- postnasal drip
- itchy skin
- congestion
- sinus pressure (may cause facial pain)
- itchy, watery, or red eyes
- scratchy throat
- cough
- swollen, bluish-colored skin beneath the eyes
- trouble sleeping


Self-care: The best treatment option is to limit your exposure to dust mites.

Medication: Nasal corticosteroids can reduce inflammation while offering fewer side effects than their oral counterparts. Decongestants can shrink tissues in nasal passages, making it easier to breathe. Medications that combine an antihistamine and decongestant can be used to relieve sneezing, runny nose, and itching. Cromolyn sodium and leukotriene modifiers can be used to provide relief.

Specialists: Doctors can be approached for immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots. At mfine, optimum healthcare facilities for patients suffering from dust allergy can be found.

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