Dust Allergy

Dust Allergy Signs: Common Causes Of Kids Allergies & Symptoms Of Dust In Your Home.

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Dust allergies and dust mite allergy symptoms kind of go hand-in-hand. Breathing is made difficult when one is allergic to dust. 

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It can also trigger an allergy induced asthma attack. Symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Some studies indicate that about 20 million people in the U.S. are allergic to dust and dust mites.

Dust Allergy

 Dust mites prefer temperatures of 70 degrees F or higher and humidity around 80% and peak between July and August due to warmer weather and temperatures. They survive by eating dead flaky flesh that we and our pets constantly drop.

What Are The Causes Of Dust Allergies?

Dust is everywhere in our homes. You find it on the floor, under the beds, on the shelves, tables, and desks. It's on the lamp shade, computer, keyboards, plants, and on top of the door jams. 

One small piece of dust can include pet dander, dead skin, and dust mites. Cockroaches can also trigger an allergic reaction. Their waste and saliva can be everywhere. If you see a roach you can bet there are 500 more that are unseen. Hiding. Just waiting to come out when you're gone. 

Common Allergy Symptoms With Dust

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy throat
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

If you have a dust mite or dust allergy that triggers an asthma attack, the symptoms listed above will probably be more severe.

Dust Allergy & Dust Mite Treatment 

The simplest way to reduce your symptoms is to reduce your exposure to dust. Go into each room and give it a good once-over, perhaps once a month thereafter. Really good. Move tables, chairs, beds, bookcases (if possible) and anything else that may harbor dust. Clean it with a wet rag and dry completely.

Dust Allergy

Vacuum carpets or clean hard flooring with a damp rag. Remember to get all the corners. Get your vacuum extension and clean the corners of the walls. Cobwebs love to hide in those places. Remember the ceiling fan blades and on top of the doors. 

  • Change out the cabin air filter in your car
  • Clean your area rugs outside
  • Clean your walls from top to bottom every month
  • Dust with microfiber cloths. DO NOT use an old fashion feather duster. They look cool in movies but they're terribly inefficient.
  • Get rid of extra pillows on the sofa, cloth tablecloths, etc... If you're in the market for a sofa or chair, consider leather as a good alternative to cloth. 
  • Keep your air conditioner filter clean. Replace once per month or when needed.
  • Keep your closet clean
  • Keep your pets groomed
  • Minimize. Reduce the amount of knick-knacks and "stuff". The more stuff you have the more dust will accumulate and the more you'll need to clean.
  • Neil-Med nasal irrigation
  • Remove clutter from floor
  • Replace your pillow every 6 months
  • Store unused clothes, blankets, pillows, etc... in plastic bags
  • Sweep the floors every other day
  • Take off shoes at the door 
  • Thoroughly vacuum all carpet in the room and house 3 - 4 times per week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
  • Turn the house fan on while cleaning. The airborne dust will go right into the filter.
  • Use a doormat
  • Use a HEPA air purifier
  • Use allergy-free pillow cases and bedding
  • Use caulk to seal cracks around doors and windows. Dirt can get into the house through the smallest of holes.
  • Vacuum upholstery and curtains
  • Wash pet bedding once per week in hot water and thoroughly dry 
  • Wash your clothes in hot water and thoroughly dry
  • Wash your sheets, blankets, comforters and pillow cases once per week in hot water and dry them
  • Wipe the window blinds with a damp rag
  • Wipe your TV, stereo, computer, and all electronics down with a dryer sheet. This decreases the static electricity in those units and lessens the amount of dust buildup.

If you think you have a dust allergy or an intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another good avenue is a local chiropractor that does Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing for allergies. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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