Understanding your triggers is a key component of allergy management, and dust is one of the most prevalent of triggers. So getting a handle on dust and how it may be affecting your allergies is essential.
It's a sad fact that even the most motivated of housekeepers will not be able to keep dust from coating every surface in the home. And, if like me, you're too busy to focus your life on a perfectly clean house... well, then your home is going to have even more dust. But it's important to recognize that dust is not a sign of dirt or poor housecleaning per se.
Actually, dust is a normal by-product of fibers and other substances found throughout an indoor environment. Though you can reduce the amount of dust in your home, you're never going to eliminate it. So, if dust is one of your triggers, then indoor allergies may always plague you to some extent.
Household dust may actually contain a few different kinds of allergens:
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...
Allergy-related symptoms can occur after you are around mold, certain animals or animal hair, dust, and other substances. These substances are usually found indoors and do not cause symptoms for most people.
Indoor allergies; Pet allergies; Dust allergies; Mold allergies; Animal dander allergy
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
occurs when the immune system over-reacts to substances (allergens) that are usually harmless.
When a person with allergies breathes in an allergen, the body releases histamine and other chemicals as part of the immune response. This causes itching and swelling , mucus production, and in serious cases, hives and rashes , as well as other symptoms. Symptoms vary in severity from person to person.
Most environmental allergens contact the skin or eyes, or are inhaled. Therefore, most symptoms affect the sk...
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