Mite allergy refers to allergic reactions to tiny insects known as dust mites, which are common in household dust. These microscopic creatures thrive in warm, humid environments and feed on dead skin cells. The primary allergens are proteins in the mites' feces and body fragments. Mite allergy is a significant cause of indoor allergies and can trigger symptoms similar to hay fever and asthma....


What are symptoms of mite allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Postnasal drip
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Itchy skin or hives

What foods cross-react with mite allergy?

There isn’t typically direct cross-reactivity with other allergies. However, people with mite allergies may also be sensitive to other indoor allergens like pet dander or mold spores.

When should I consider getting a mite allergy test?

  • If you have persistent allergic symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, or itchy eyes, particularly when indoors or in bed.
  • If you have asthma that worsens at night or in a dusty environment.
  • If symptoms persist year-round, unlike seasonal allergies.

How do I reduce my mite allergy symptoms?

  • Use allergen-proof bed covers for mattresses and pillows to encase dust mites.
  • Wash bedding regularly in hot water to kill dust mites.
  • Maintain low humidity levels in your home, ideally below 50%, using a dehumidifier if necessary.
  • Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner.
  • Dust and clean your home frequently, focusing on areas where dust accumulates.
  • Consider replacing carpeting with hard flooring, especially in bedrooms.
  • For allergic reactions, over-the-counter antihistamines or nasal corticosteroid sprays may be helpful.
  • In severe cases, consult an allergist for potential treatments such as immunotherapy.

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