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An allergen is a material that produces an allergic reaction. Allergens can enter into the nose through the sinuses, causing irritation, inflammation and infection. Allergy attacks can occur indoors or outdoors. Pollen allergies are likely to attack your sinuses when you are outdoors, while dust mite allergies find their way into your sinuses most often when you are indoors.
Dust mites are minuscule, 8-legged creatures present in your bedding, including your pillows, sheets, mattress, in addition to couches, and carpets. Many confuse dust mites with bed bugs, however they differ in that dust mites are thousands of times smaller and do not bite. In fact, dust mites only feed off off of the human skin that we shed.
When determining whether or not dust mites are on a certain material or fabric, if its an area where you spend a significant amount of time, then dust mites are present.
Dust mites leave microscopic feces behind that contain DerP1, a substance that acts as an extremely powerful allergen. You may have a dust mite allergy if you experience any or all of the following symptoms:
Very few people are allergic to just one thing, and many symptoms can very subtle, often confusing people as to what treatment course they should have. Consult your doctor if you have the above symptoms. An allergy test may be the best way to determine whether you have an allergy to dust mites.
The good news is that allergy tests are short (usually an hour in length) and your insurance should pay for the expense less deductible and coinsurance.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms, Dr. Bennett encourages you to schedule an allergy test with your allergist or primary medical physician to pinpoint your exact allergies and their corresponding severity. Knowing what you are allergic to and avoidance of those allergens are the first steps to decreasing allergic symptoms.
Avoiding and removing dust mites does not always entail a lengthy cleaning regime. Instead, simple hygiene goes a long way in reducing your contact with dust mites. Be sure to:
Dust mites can cause chronic and acute sinusitis due to their allergic effect on the mucus membranes in the nasal and sinus cavities. Dust mites cause the most damage when you are asleep, when your cilia are at rest.
Your doctor can proscribe such treatments as steroid nasal sprays, antibiotics and corticosteroid nasal spray to reduce the inflammation and facilitate drainage.
Proactively recognizing your symptoms as a possible dust mite allergy is imperative, because it leads to the necessary steps to rid both your home and body of these tiny little creatures that wreak immense havoc on your immune system. Even if you believe your immune system is resilient enough to disregard the presence of dust mites in your house, you may still develop symptoms later. Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is essential in keeping your immune system strong.