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Among the most common asthma triggers are tiny little critters called dust mites that live amid the dust in your home. They are seemingly everywhere all at once, although they are too small to be seen by the naked eye. If you have allergies and asthma, they can make your life miserable, although with a bit of wisdom you can learn to control them.
Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments where people and animals live. They feed off flakes of skin that fall off of us. They are ugly little critters that are related to spiders. In fact, they look like creepy little spiders.
They live on bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains. At any one time there can be hundreds or even thousands of these critters on any one item.
While creepy in appearance, dust mites are completely harmless to about 90 percent of people. The rest of us, the other 10 percent, develop an abnormal response to them called an alle...
Have you seen the reports circulating that say: "... the most
widely recommended treatments to reduce dust mites had no effect on the
symptoms of asthma sufferers , researchers in Denmark found."
MSNBC reported on this a few weeks back.
That's alarming, as it seems to go against what we've always heard about dust
mites: reduce them, their waste and their carcasses and you will greatly reduce
your allergies and asthma.
ABCNews.com reported on the same study and had this to say:
the study to a panel of experts, and their response was that the study might
show that dust mite control could make a difference if it is used as part of a
larger program, including using air conditioning and keeping your windows
closed, washing your hair and clothes at night and keeping pets indoors.
Wrapping your mattress could also be helpful, but if that is your only effort
to control dust mites it won't make much difference."
That is a more balanced statement (i.e. irritan...
House Dust and Asthma
In this entry, I would like to discuss how house dust and dust mites contribute to asthma in adults and children. There are also strategies you can use to control your and your child’s exposure to dust and dust mites, an important indoor asthma trigger for many individuals.
What is dust allergy?
While we often can see dust floating indoors and gathering on surfaces, it is not typically the dust to which people are allergic, but rather substances that are carried on the dust that cause hayfever symptoms and/or wheeze.
Dust is a combination of many substances, including pet dander, fabric particles, and small dust mite particles, to name a few. While high levels of dust can lead to irritation of the nose and lungs without allergy, the most common allergens on dust are pet dander, cockroach particles, and house dust mites. Allergy to these specific triggers can be assessed by skin testing or blood testing. Allergy to these triggers that may make up part of dust i...
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