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...
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...
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